Culture in an Increasingly Technologically Driven Society (CULT)

Technological development is shaping human activity more rapidly than cultural changes. Many traditional ways of doing things are disappearing while new ones are emerging at an unprecedented rate. Adapting to such rapid change is a challenge for both people and organisations, but at the same it also presents new opportunities. Our understanding of knowledge, learning and civilisation are also evolving. Technological development influences the means and tools used to create and transfer culture from one generation to the next, for instance. Going forward, civilisation may be passed on through pedagogical, educational and interactive relationships dissimilar from any seen to date.

The relationship between technological development and culture is not a one-way street, however. Culture, cultural values and cultural goals are reflected in the kind of technology that is developed, while the benefits of technology largely depend on the culture in which the technologies are used and the social, economic and ecological impacts of those technologies. Since the nature of culture and technology is manifold, under this theme researchers are expected to bring to the table the perspectives of their respective disciplines for multidisciplinary engagement.

Technology both enables important positive transitions and creates multiple challenges. Research under this theme will seek to locate solutions for supporting interaction between technological advances, institutional and organisational structures and different cultures to ensure the inclusiveness of an increasingly multicultural and technologically driven society. Solutions are also needed for alleviating the social divisions associated with technological development.


Learning to be digital consumers: How to improve young people’s financial skills in a technologically driven consumer society? (DigiConsumers)
Terhi-Anna Wilska, University of Jyvskylä, Consortium PI
Eija Seppänen, Talous ja nuoret TAT, responsible for interaction activities 

Intimacy in Data-Driven Culture (IDA)
Susanna Paasonen, University of Turku, Consortium PI
Annamari Vänskä, Aalto University, responsible for interaction activities 

Towards socially inclusive digital society: Transforming service culture (DigiIn)
Tarja Heponiemi, Finnish Insitute for health and welfare, Consortium PI
Piritta Rautavuori, Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare, responsible for interaction activities 

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