Rapid technological change has opened up interesting new areas for research. Just consider the degree of sophisticated interaction that is already occurring between human beings and machines, then extrapolate from that and consider where we will be in five, or ten, or twenty years.
How will this new dynamic, this rapidly evolving human-technology frontier, affect us as people? Can we guess? Can we discern changes already? Where are we headed? What are the implications? What are the possibilities? Will it lead to new ways of organizing ourselves, new ways of educating ourselves, new ways of defining ourselves?
This is a broad and fascinating area for study and one that will demand multidisciplinary research teams in which the non-technological disciplines are well represented – and I include here not only the behavioral sciences, which are, of course, essential, but also specialists in communication, education, and the humanities.