Disruptive technologies and future societies: Perspectives and forecasts based on Q-methodology

Seonmi Choi, M. Jae Moon

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Based on Q-methodology, this study analyzes public perceptions of disruptive technologies and their impact on future social changes. It presents four competing perspectives on the relationship between technology and social change and four types of perceptions of the future of society. Type 1, the gradual optimism perspective, is characterized by human-centeredness, optimism, and gradual changes. Type 2, the disruptive pessimism perspective, predicts that the future of society will be technologically deterministic, pessimistic, chaotic, and disruptive. Type 3, the contingent optimism perspective, anticipates that in addition to technology, other external factors will influence social change. Type 4, the social shaping of technology perspective, contends that recent economic polarization will further intensify with technological developments.

Original languageEnglish
Article number103059
Publication statusPublished - 2023 Jan

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Korea and the National Research Foundation of Korea ( NRF-2021S1A5A2A03065493 )

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© 2022 Elsevier Ltd

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Decision Sciences(all)
  • Business and International Management
  • Development
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Social Sciences(all)


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