Generation 2030

Trend B (Ethical Dilemmas of Technology)

Ethical Dilemmas of Technology

As technologies change and shift, our values and ideology change and shift around their use. This has led to a complicated conversation about how we integrate technology into our lives. As a society, we are increasingly recognizing the unintended opportunities and threats from the technologies we create. Conversations about fundamental shifts in work from artificial intelligence and society’s increasing recognition of inequity have led us to deeper conversations about why we use technology and who makes what we use. Not only are we looking at what we can do with technology, but we are looking at what we want to do, and how we might use technology more ethically.


  • These concerns and conversations could lead to a push to get more diverse people involved in the creation of technology.

  • Kids could grow up with more awareness and critical thinking skills around technology, because of being exposed to these conversations.

  • Understanding and engaging with technology at a deeper level will most likely become an important skill set for kids to have, in order to be successful in their careers and lives.


How new is this trend?

This is just developing, but change happens fast. If you pay attention to the media, you may see stories about this now.



What's driving these trends?

Drivers are forces that create change. These can be things like shifting populations and demographics of an area, or cultural movements and stories that we rely on to shape how we believe. Drivers are often the “causes” behind the trends and signals we observe through our scan.


Integration of Technology

Technology, particularly computing devices and capabilities are becoming more pervasive and embedded in all aspects of our lives and society. This rapid acceptance of technology is forcing many industries, communities and individuals to change in a variety of ways.



Deformalization is the transition from formal structures, processes, and institutions, to informal ones. Deformalization is enabled in many cases by technology and is occurring as people question traditional views and ways of doing things.