Perceived Effects of New Technologies Biased by Existing Technologies

From the Institute's Think Again database: Technological innovation is reciprocal in nature: human beings invent new technologies which in turn may shape the living and consciousness of human beings.
The impact that a new technology has on humans is normally not fully understood at the time it is introduced; instead, we move into the future facing backwards, interpreting what is happening to us in the present in terms of the institutions and infrastructures of the past. How does this affect our understanding of the growing use of virtual worlds and their influence on our future?

Read more in Think Again: Backing Into the Future by Philip J. Bossert, Ph.D., The Institute for Triple Helix Innovation.