An International forum for our network to collaboratively study the relationship between digital innovations and humanity.
The International Network for Digital Innovation Research and Education (INDIRE) is primarily a network of individuals, organizations, and institutions concerned about the impact of digital innovation on humanity and how digital innovations can be built to serve the wellbeind of humans.
INDIRE aims to find, invite and foster an environment where all ideas are encouraged and nurtured, and with controversy and debate make a better attempt at making sense of the digital world for humans.
Technology continues to impact humans in so many ways. Humans are not fully aware of the scope of this impact and how technology is influencing their lives. A major shift towards a digital world is felt with an exponential increase in technological intelligence, affecting the globe at unprecedented levels. Artificial intelligence, disruptive technologies such as blockchain, the internet of things, big data, could computing, and 5G telecommunications, are five of the primary innovations pushing humans in directions that they are not aware or conscious about.
- Do we fully understand the wave of powerful outcomes?
- Are these outcomes predictable?
- What effects we do not yet see? Are humans in control of the advances?
- How can we manage the rate of change of technology integration into our lives? Are these technologies being pushed humans by industry?
At the intersection of social sciences, humanities, physical sciences, and business lies the 'wise' way forward. The digital world is complex and our understanding of it is weak.
The Digital World and Humanity Journal aims to promote and facilitate the study of the factors and relationships among these disciplines of technology, knowledge, management, society, organizations, governments, ethics and innovation, as they interact to alter our world as well as our perceptions of it. Ultimately, how to live with digital technologies/innovations in a sustainable way. To that effect, we encourage and foster a knowledge-creation (research) environment aligned with the United Nation's 17 Sustainable Development Goals. [Source: https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals/ ]
As we adapt and evolve, following our adopted transformative research framework, we would aim to achieve a deeper understanding of the complex interplay between the multidisciplinary diverse aspects of our digital world, and provide guidance to innovators, designers, activists, industries and governments alike, to positively influence their choices for a better world.
The network, primarily via its conferences, journals and active projects, will allow participants via discussions and dialogues, to enhance the paradigm of how we interpret, value, and use human technologies. Every interested individual will have a venue to explore and express their thoughts, ideas and research to the community in one form or another. From original theoretical research to personal experiences, all have a place to be published in our association. All submissions will follow a peer review process appropriate to the type of submission. The association will innovate and venture into new territory of the traditional peer review process.
This body of knowledge will be used to motivate discussions and continuous engagement, elevate the rhetoric and encourage engaging dialectics and divergent thinnking about the influence of emerging technologies:
- Can they replace current interpersonal interactions?
- Would they enable us to replace real relationships with virtual ones; do they have the potential to teach us from virtual activities?
- What is the impact on human consciousness?
- How they have influenced our behaviour across the generations?
- Did they solve or create problems for humans and in which way? and
- What are the costs and benefits of assimilating them into our human fabric would be?