As new technologies evolve, the range of people impacted expands, whether they are aware of it or not. There is a fallacy that ambivalence or rejection of technology means neutrality. There is no black and white, but there IS a lot of grey area, and that offers room to consider potential impacts, change course, and charter new pathways.
Instead of inevitability, we can instill a sense of agency. Since we’re all participating, let’s build technology that serves all of us using the language of design.
When we use design as the primary language, it opens possibilities of applications that are about humans and stakeholders in the system, rather than just the tech itself. Design brings you into the consideration of implications so that you can see why your perspective is important.
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