09:30 - 12:30
- Erwin Huang
- Prof Paul Cheung
191 Woosung Street, Jordan,
Kowloon, Hong Kong
Ticket Fee $500 (for 5 sessions)
- FaSCoRe, HKU
- Lumina College
The Future of Business in a Technological Age (2):
The Technology of Buying and Selling
Business and technology are powerful forces which have shaped – and continue to reshape – each other and the world in which we live. This series of five workshops brings together business leaders, technologists, and academics to consider, from a Christian perspective, the systemic issues facing business in light of technological advances, and the challenges and opportunities arising from these.
This second session will consider what influence the technologies which mediate buying and selling have, and we must engage with this in future.
Historical trends have been to abstract transactions. From barter, to gold, to tokens backed by gold, to tokens, to numbers in a computer. Similar abstractions hold for other financial investments such as shares and debt. There is a related trend to separate people from the thing being traded: what started as two people looking each other in the eye and shaking hands has morphed into AI systems buying, reassessing, and selling in a millisecond.
Beyond the technology of money, there is the technology of the market place. While people would once buying particular goods from particular people in a particular place, we now buy whatever we want on line, without need for human interaction, and with everything – advertising, evaluating, negotiating, buying, selling – mediated by a single party.
Most people are unaware that the technology by which we buy and sell is anything other than a benign and neutral mechanism. This session will question this assumption, and see how Christianity informs appropriate engagement with a non-neutral system.
8th Dec. 2018: Consumerism and Growth
19th Jan. 2019: The Technology of Buying and Selling
16th Feb. 2019: Moving Beyond Zero Impact
16th Mar. 2019: Technology and the Global Order of Business
27th Apr. 2019: Un-commodifying the World