The Future of Technology & Society

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We are now living in the future of 20 years ago. Could we ever have imagined how large a part modern media and technology would play in society and our daily lives today? What is the impact of new technology exactly? And what will the world look like in 2050? How can you acquire insight into a future world, when it's impossible to predict what will happen next? By taking your creative talents and assumptions and using them as a starting point for research. This is precisely what you do in The Future of Technology & Society.

During the semester you will work with an intercultural and interdisciplinary team on a project involving new technology. As part of the project, you will design innovative concepts for a client that aims to solve current or future societal issues. To do so, you will have to think critically about the effects of technology on our society, analyse the public response to these technologies and persuade people to start using them in their daily life. You don't need a background in technology. 


The programme gives you insight on the influence of technology on society and how you can use that knowledge together with Design Thing to create solutions for future problems. You'll learn how to prototype your ideas in a structure fashion. The results will be shared to an audience during a small symposium. 

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Trends in Technology 

This course will introduce you to various technologies that might play an important role in the near future. We make a selection of the technologies using the Gartner's Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies. You are introduced to a new technology every week, discover what it is, how it works and have the opportunity to experiment with it. Using this knowledge we'll let you think about its potential uses and problems.


Project concept

In the project concept course you will work on a concept using new technology. Together with a field expert, you form a vision of the future and identify potential problems that need to be solved. Using an iterative design- thinking process you learn to understand the user and the problem at hand, come up with multiple solutions to the problem and form a concept. You will learn about Scrum, User- centred design, and Design thinking.



Future of Technology & Society 

In this course you will develop a view towards the future by forming a vision of 2050. What do you think that future would be like, and more importantly, what do you want it to be like. How can your actions bring you closer to the future you envision. Using debates and essays, you discuss the ethics, philosophy and privacy issues related to technology. The course uses Future Literacy, Philosophy, Privacy and Science fiction to discuss the material.



Project Prototype 

In the second half of the semester you will focus on making a prototype that shows the viability of the concept. This prototype can take and any shape and form, guided by the different disciplines in the group. You will use an iterative approach with sprints of two weeks each. After each sprint you present a demo and use the feedback to plan for the next sprint. The result is presented and demonstrated at the symposium.


Mini symposium 

At the end of the semester you will organise a mini-symposium. You present your vision and concept and demonstrate the prototype to the general public. Explain in laymen's terms how this product will solve the stated problem and give possible future expansions of the product. 



Human Factors 

In Human Factors you will learn how to use knowledge of the human mind and its limitation to develop applications that are user friendly, improve efficiency and reduce the chance of accidents.



Practial information 

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Available for all Hanze students and exchange students.

(050) 595 54 96

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