“Information Society Evolution and Effects”
By Dr. Anthony Brooks, Aalborg University, Denmark
The evolution and effects of the information society can be exemplified via many threads, both in hard and soft science, according to ones’ discipline and field. In this contribution, the speaker’s three decades of applied research acts as a vehicle to demonstrate development and impact via directly and creatively applying technical advances to affect life quality at a societal level. Illustrated is how empirical research successfully reaches beyond the walls of academia to directly affect individuals, groups and communities across abilities and ages. Developments that have led to patented commercial product, national and international projects, and industry start-ups (including impactful third party research investigations) form the basis for discussion. Beyond this, a wider more generic perspective reflects on product adoption that illustrate todays’ contemporary e-society tendencies where recent influx and uptake of consumer-targeted artificial reality products point to society’s desire for alternative sensory experiences. Posited is how aligned with this desire there is a need for new ethical considerations in research as was found in the speaker’s research at the end of the 20th century. The keynote will close with video examples that directly address such ethical issues to promote further discussions and analogies.
Brooks is IFIP – (UNESCO International Federation for Information Processing) and European Alliance for Innovation representative for Denmark. He has credits as EU expert examiner, rapporteur, and panel reviewer of funded projects (H2020 – Serious Games/Gamification, Human-Computer Confluence, Presence/Presenccia, and FET – Future Emerging Technologies). His research has been responsible for national and international funded projects, patent family (e.g. US6893407 – Communication method and apparatus), commercial product and company start-ups. Emergent models on creative information systems, in-action and on-action, evaluation, change and management have evolved from the research. National and International awards have been awarded for his contribution. A research focus is creative e-Society and socio-technological perspectives, especially targeting demographic changes and service industries and how interactive technology applied in healthcare/rehabilitation/e-health and Smart Education/e-Learning can benefit. Digital Media plasticity and potential impact on human plasticity is a catalyst of the research that has evolved crossing borders of discipline fields since originating in the mid-eighties.
Brooks originates from Wales and achieved his PhD under the University of Sunderland, Great Britain. He is Director of the SensoramaLab (Alternative Realities, Human behaviour, interaction design, and e-Society applications…). He is acknowledged as a third culture thinker and “ world pioneer in digital media and its use with the disabled community”.