Whether the future is a dystopian global class struggle over technology or a Pax Technologica of transparency, access and equity will depend on spreading technology quotient (TQ) above all else.
A new era requires a new vocabulary. Will we still talk about the “mobile” phone when all phones are mobile, or when they are implanted within us? Does “evolution” really capture our deepening entanglement with technology today, or should we instead speak of human-technology coevolution? More broadly, will we really use the term “globalization” ad nauseamonce it truly encompasses all of us? Is geopolitics really the driver of power relations, or is it rather geotechnology? Does intelligent quotient (IQ) or even emotional quotient (EQ) matter more than technology quotient (TQ)?
Parag and Ayesha are Directors of the Hybrid Reality Institute, which explores the implications of our complex and irreversible tango with science and technology. Parag is the author of The Second World and How To Run the World. Ayesha has written Straight Through Processing.
Twitter: @paragkhanna and @ayeshakhanna1