Technology in this century has already altered the way we eat, think, learn, live and communicate. Breakthroughs are happening at an amazing speed, yet they may not always be for the better. For example, discussions abound on the advantages or disadvantages of eating GMOs; the ethics surrounding organs regrown from stem cells; the wisdom in replacing assembly-line workers with advanced robotics; or the benefits of harnessing artificial intelligence as a substitute for human interaction.
In the virtual workplace, growing cadres of employees labor in silent disconnected environments while others are forced to adapt by using technologies as quickly as they appear, but not always with success. All this, as older generations struggle to prove their relevance and value.
The impacts and implications are as electrifying as they are disturbing. Wearable technologies allow us to monitor health concerns or other activities while we minimize social interactions—further isolating ourselves from others. Texting by thinking in the 2020s might become the new normal.
Psychologists have a profound role to play in helping society navigate these life- and work-altering challenges. For example, how can we keep up in a world where artificial intelligence may begin to replace the way we solve problems and take action? What happens to our critical thinking skills when information and even knowledge is so easily accessible? How can we live happier and more productive lives using Apps and social media? Join us as we attempt to answer these questions and more.
As a leader among psychologists, my colleague Richard H. Wexler wanted to see psychology become a science with the rigorous methodology of proof common to all sciences, meaning that it was data-based and methodical in
To be productive and harmonious in the 21st century and beyond, humanity will need to identify, measure, and develop new competencies to address new life challenges and work roles. Due to warp-speed innovation and