In the mid twentieth century, from the model T Ford to the moon landings, from nylons and electric guitars to moving pictures and television, technology seemed to offer a faster, more exciting world providing us with a better life. But now, from resources to climate change, robots to internet distraction, tomorrow's technological world seems to many as much a threat as a solution.
Might technology be making us less happy, less fulfilled and less motivated? Should we be more sceptical of its value and seek instead to curtail its excesses? Or does technology remain a miracle of human inventiveness that is critical to global growth and the means to lift millions from poverty?
Outspoken Oxford transhumanist Anders Sandberg, inventor of groundbreaking green technology Priyadarshini Karve and Director of Big Brother Watch Silkie Carlo get to grips with the potential of technology.