Technology vs Humanity: Keynote at Dutch Future Society by Futurist Gerd Leonhard

Every extension of humanity, especially technological extension, has the effect of amputating or modifying some other extension […].

The extension of a technology like the automobile “amputates” the need for a highly developed walking culture, which in turn causes cities and towns to develop in different ways.

The telephone extends the voice, but it also amputates the art of calligraphy acquired through regular correspondence.

We have all become people who regularly praise all extensions and minimize all amputations.

Will we blindly outsource and abdicate big chunks of our lives to the global technology companies – or will we take back our autonomy and demand a sustainable balance between technology and humanity?

Technology vs. Humanity

Gerd Leonhard

From the original description Feb 2018:

Thanks to the Dutch Future Society and Freedom Labs Amsterdam
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Gerd Leonhard Futurist, Author and Keynote Speaker
Zürich / Switzerland
New book: Technology vs Humanity
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