Author: Kyriaki Papageorgiou, Ph.D. in Anthropology, Director of Research at Esade’s Fusion Point.

The speed and scale with which Covid-19 has spread over the course of just a few months are reconfiguring the way we think and act alongside technology to tackle grand challenges in times of crisis.  Since being forced to move our lives indoors and online, we have become dependent on our technological devices to conduct human-to-human interactions beyond the confines of our homes. In addition to elevating technology’s mediating role (the consequences of which are likely to be long-lasting and transformative in many ways), the coronavirus has opened the door to new technological actors, such as robots and artificial intelligence (AI), visibly bringing to life contested scenarios of automated futures that we had only been able to imagine before.

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