International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Problematizing New Technologies through Design
Eric Nay

Visible signs of progress in science, engineering and technology, like the devices we tether to our bodies to communicate with each other, benefit the individual and society at large, but physical evidence of technological transformation can also be destabilizing and blur our grounding in both historical and temporal reality. Innovative art and design practices that rely on technology shifting frameworks and invisible realizations such as nanotechnology, design futures, strategic foresight and other new technology-infusedparadigms leave product manufacturing and become new methodologies in themselves. Active problem seeking and cultural artifacts based on unforeseeable future applications and meanings simply require more depth to cope with the greyness of an unknowable and more rapidly changing future.

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