How social and physical technologies collaborate to create | Aeon Essays

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Collaborators in creation

Our world is a system, in which physical and social technologies co-evolve. How can we shape a process we don’t control?

An aerial view shows a typically busy Wuhan, in China’s central Hubei province, deserted amid the deadly coronavirus outbreak that originated in the city. 27 January 2020. Photo by Hector Retamel/AFP/Getty

Doyne Farmer

is director of the Complexity Economics programme at the Institute for New Economic Thinking at the Oxford Martin School, professor in the Mathematical Institute at the University of Oxford, and an External Professor at the Santa Fe Institute in New Mexico.

Fotini Markopoulou

is a quantum gravity physicist and industrial designer. She is CEO at Empathic Technologies, a London-based tech company that brings together embodied cognition science and haptics to create our emotional second skin. She was founding faculty at Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. She lives in Oxford, UK.

Eric Beinhocker

is professor of public policy practice at the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford,  and the executive director of the Institute for New Economic Thinking at the Oxford Martin School. He is also a supernumerary fellow in economics at Oriel College, Oxford, and an external professor at the Santa Fe Institute in New Mexico. He is the author of The Origin of Wealth (2006).

Steen Rasmussen

is a professor in physics and director of the Center for Fundamental Living Technology at the University of Southern Denmark, as well as an external research professor at the Santa Fe Institute in New Mexico, USA.

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Edited by Sam Haselby

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