Angus believes that today, with digital technologies in the hands of most of the world’s population, we’re getting 24-hour access to the worst stories happening to everyone, everywhere. And it can lead to what he terms a ‘fear pandemic’ or a ‘fear virus’: by hitting post, one person’s negative story can be broadcast to millions of others, spreading like wildfire.
There’s a problem with that, he says, because of what fear does to the human psyche. Not only do we experience an adverse physiological effect (increased stress levels and we lose the ability to think rationally), but we’re more susceptible to the next message of fear, and a new bout of anxiety. (For further reading, check out Angus’ article ‘The Fear Virus’).
However, in an effort to counter the impact of this, Future Crunch joins a global movement of scientists, technologists, hackers and creatives who believe technology is improving people’s lives and leading to a more peaceful world. And they’re using their diverse knowledge to speak out and educate their growing numbers of followers.
‘We’re about trying to provide a voice where people can get good news about technology and gain interesting insights about how it’s changing their specific sector,’ Angus says.
The science communicators have held audiences captive all over the world and will soon be sharing insights with HIA members about the opportunities to be found in our time of technological disruption at the upcoming HIA 2019 National Conference in Perth from 23–25 May (more info at the end).
‘We’re going to have a broad look at the global economy…and we’ll be diving into specific technologies we think could really change the housing industry,’ Angus says. ‘We’ll focus on the bigger, broader changes as well, offering a bird’s eye view of what’s going on, with a lot of content that will be interesting to HIA members.’
Angus says the team will discuss ‘everything from artificial intelligence to 3D printing, how code and the ability to program our machines is coming to the construction and housing industry’.