What does it mean to be human?
Should we rethink technological progress?
“In relying on tech too much. are we in danger of forgetting what it is to be human? We need to remember to solve problems in a human way, not merely focus on box-ticking, or allow a computer to dominate our decision making. We are more and more often letting machines take over, and becoming distanced from what makes us human.”.
Kate Cook (Technology versus the art of being human)
“All great art is, in essence, in conflict with the society in which it exists”.
Eric Fromm (The Revolution of Hope: Toward a Humanized Technology)
Humanized Technology is the technology that responds and adapts to how humans learn, think and create, and what humans need to thrive in a digital society.
With the technological revolution of the Internet and social networks, we have fostered the intimate possibilities of self and individualism, but we have also developed technologies such as Virtual Reality or Mixed Reality that will allow us to create extended, more perfect, compassionate and empathic communication networks among people.
The network of artists, academics and researchers Collaboration for Humane Technologies affirms that “at the heart of our creative action is the conviction that in order to think (and do) viable futures we must question categories such as being human.
It is necessary to rethink critically the technological progress in favor of a posthumanism that is neither antihuman, nor solely to sustain human life as we know it nowadays.”
The Digital Threat
Humanized technology is to reverse the crisis of digital attention and realign technology with the best interests of humanity.
The Center for Humane Technology has underlined the digital threat of our time: “Our society is being hijacked by technology. What began as a race to monetize our attention is now eroding the pillars of our society: mental health, democracy, social relationships and our children. ”
The technological revolution can give us the opportunity to reinvent ourselves as a society but we should not get lost in the process.
The smartphone is a device that turns us into primitive cyborgs because it connects us to a global network of information exchange in mobility, it is a cyborg extension.
The incorporation of advanced technology as a neurocultural extension of our bodies and minds has only just begun.
It is obvious that we must reflect and act consciously on this incipient process of technology.
Perhaps the power of our future lies precisely in our humanity and not so much in codification or dating.
It will have to do more with relational intelligence, social skills and with a futuristic, solidary and imaginative mentality.
In the future augmented digital society humans should bring emotions, imagination and social intelligence, robots productivity and strength and artificial intelligence enhance our intelligence and knowledge. Humanized technology.