We have all experienced “dehumanizing” technology – software or hardware that seems to diminish our ability to communicate with others or to function effectively in the world. Technology that creates new boundaries between people rather than erasing old ones.
With this in mind, Big Think is excited to announce Humanizing Technology, a virtual expo in partnership with Bing. The goal of Humanizing Technology – which will culminate in June, 2012 with a live event and prize ceremony in New York City – is to identify new technologies that integrate themselves seamlessly into our lives, capitalize on our unique strengths, and amplify the best of human nature.
In accordance with psychologist Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of human needs, we believe that humanizing technologies are those that meet one of three core human needs:
-Safety and Security
Over the next 10 weeks we will be showcasing the cutting edge companies that are best answering those human needs. We will also be featuring experts from various disciplines to answer the core question of what makes What is Humanizing Technology?
The first expert perspective comes from X Prize Founder Peter Diamandis, who says We're Living as Emperors and Kings Would Have Lived 100 Years Ago. We are also presenting the first five nominees for the Humanizing Technology Prize, in the category of personal growth. Have a look at our nominees and suggest your own here.