The technological 'exposure' of populations; characterisation and future reduction

Lindsay J. Robertson
2020 Futures : The journal of policy, planning and futures studies  
The nature and level of individuals' exposure to technological systems has been explored previously and is briefly restated here. This paper demonstrates how the concept of technological exposure can be extended to generic needs of individuals, and further to the needs of populations of individuals and even as far as "existential threats" to humanity. Technological categories that incur high levels of population exposure are explored, and categories are described. A theoretical basis for
more » ... g population exposure is developed from the basic concepts of technological exposure. Technological developments that potentially enable less centralised societies having lower levels of population exposure, are considered for practicality and effectiveness as are the factors that could allow and cause transition to a less technologically centralised model. Some conclusions regarding practicality, triggers, and issues arising from a decentralised society are considered and include the key conclusion that a higher level of decentralisation and exposure reduction is both desirable and possible.
doi:10.1016/j.futures.2020.102584 pmid:32523162 pmcid:PMC7255209 fatcat:uqhdjyg325crlg3gryfxoyuaba