Nokia Bell Labs’ Domhnaill Hernon discusses how the fusion of art and tech could address the negative consequences of emerging technologies.

Domhnaill Hernon, head of experiments in art and technology at Nokia Bell Labs, spoke to the Future Human audience in October about the effects emerging technologies could have on humanity.

He said that out of a collision of 4G mobile connectivity and online social media platforms 10 years ago, “we’ve had a global pandemic of digital loneliness and a global pandemic of fake news”.

And with even more emerging technologies set to collide in the coming years, he questioned how this could change the way we live and work and what could be done about it.

“From my perspective, I think the fusion of art and technology is a very strong leading approach to take if you want to consider our humanity in these future technologies,” he said.


Words by Jenny Darmody