The government has to set limits on the increasing intimacy of technologies, states Rinie van Est, an engineering physicist at the Rathenau Institute and trendwatcher in technological innovations. The distance between technology and our being is decreasing rapidly. We have accepted technology to position itself in between us, gather information about us and it has even started to operate just like us. Rinie calls this intimate technology in order to describe the coalescence of humans and technology.
Intimate technology opens up opportunities for innovations and personal development. But governments and businesses may also deploy intimate technologies in order to influence us. “It is of vital importance to start early with collective thinking about what kind of future we want and what elements we do not want to lose.”
Door Collin Molenaar