The ‘deCODING RISK, reBUILDING TRUST’ theme is an invitation to explore, discuss and imagine how decentralized technologies and participatory mechanisms can be used to accelerate innovation and reduce catastrophic risks to human civilization
The greatest uses of technology empower us to create whatever we choose to imagine. To reuse technology in unpredictable ways to the designer but adaptive to their contexts, much like, say, programming languages. In turn, designers can refine their underlying parameters and assumptions to address broader considerations.
Reusability lets people determine for themselves whether and how to use technology, protecting human agency over the forces that shape our lives and livelihoods.
The modern world is multidisciplinary. There are many complementary ways of thinking and beliefs about what is essential. We need technical expertise, be it in policy or engineering. We need attention to how people live, which is the focus of community organizers and human-centered designers. We need the project managers and politicians who lead broad public discourse as neutral coordinators, orchestrators, and synthesizers of the other disciplines. Every discipline may have rigorous internal standards, but ultimately they must also work with and be accountable to other fields’ standards.