How will AI developers work around impending regulations? Why should accessibility be a priority for tech firms? How will political polarisation shape the splintering online space? In this part of the 2024 Expert Outlook, we speak to four experts about the rapidly shifting landscape of technology.
Christopher Lafayette is an emergent technologist and humanitarian deeply engaged in the sectors of the metaverse, AI, med-tech, education, Web3, and applied sciences. Gatherverse, a brainchild of Lafayette's, is an inspired response to an age of unprecedented technological growth. He saw a critical need to go beyond the technical aspects of creating the metaverse and emerging technologies to include humanity in the conversation about the intertwining of technology and the human experience.
Herbert Swaniker is a senior lawyer at the international law firm Clifford Chance. He advises global organisations on technology-related issues and policy matters, particularly concerning emerging technologies, artificial intelligence, cyber security, privacy, and commercial law.
Reginé Gilbert is a user experience designer, educator, and author with over ten years of experience working in technology. She has a strong belief in making the world a more accessible place that starts and ends with the user. Professor Gilbert's areas of research focus are digital accessibility, inclusive design, and immersive experiences. In 2019, her first book, Inclusive Design for a Digital World: Designing with Accessibility in Mind, was released through Apress publishing. Professor Gilbert and Doug North Cook are working on a book titled Human Spatial Computing, which Oxford University Press will publish in 2023.
Joshua Citarella is an artist and internet culture researcher based in New York City. He has taught at the School of Visual Arts as well and the Rhode Island School of Design. He is the author of Politigram & the Post-left (2021) and co-founder of Channel, a three-pronged media collective. He’s also an expert contributor to the Guardian, the New York Times, and Dazed.
Anastasiia Fedorova is a senior insights editor at Canvas8. A writer, curator and cultural strategist, she specialises in art, fashion, design, technology and visual culture. Her personal work explores sexuality, identity and queer communities while interrogating our place in a world shaped by rapidly changing technologies. As an avid sci-fi fan since teenage years, she is always interested in thinking about multiple and diverse futures.
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