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The Digital Future

Duration:
43 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 07 May 2012

On Start the Week Andrew Marr looks into the digital future. Nick Harkaway dismisses fears of a digital dystopia in which distracted people, caught between the real world and the screen world, are under constant surveillance. He believes we need to engage with the computers we have created, and shape our own destiny. Simon Ings is the editor of a new digital magazine, Arc, which uses science fiction to explore and explain what the future might hold for society. While Anab Jain's design company uses scenarios and prototypes to probe emerging technologies and ideas, from headsets to help the blind to see, to everyday objects with their very own internet connection. And Charles Arthur investigates the battle for dominance of the internet with Apple, Google and Microsoft struggling to stay on top, and asks what that means for the rest of us.
Producer: Katy Hickman.

  • NICK HARKAWAY

    Nick Harkaway is a novelist.

    'The Blind Giant: Being Human in a Digital World' is published by John Murray.

    Nick Harkaway
  • SIMON INGS

    Simon Ings is a writer and the editor of Arc, a new futures and science fiction magazine from New Scientist.

    Simon Ings
  • ANAB JAIN

    Anab Jain is a designer and Co-Founder and Director of Superflux, a multidisciplinary design company.

    Anab Jain
  • CHARLES ARTHUR

    Charles Arthur is the technology editor at the Guardian newspaper.

    'Digital Wars: Apple, Google, Microsoft and the Battle for the Internet' is published by Kogan Page.

    Charles Arthur

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