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The digital society

How does digitalisation affect the individual and the world? In the long-term and short-term? And what are the consequences for those who are excluded from digital development?

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Many social scientists are interested in how digitalisation affects people and how it can be done in a sustainable way. Photo: Unsplash

Digitalisation is affecting society at all levels. In a decade, more or less all functions of society have moved online - finance, travel, healthcare, education, work and more. Social media have replaced the town squares of the past. This is where we form our opinions and make new contacts, both social and work-related. True and false worldviews are spread, opinions are formed and politics are discussed.

The consequences of digitalisation are difficult to foresee. Many social scientists are interested in how it affects people and how it can be done in a sustainable way. Our researchers are studying, among other things, how AI can be used to diagnose mental illness, what it means to work in the gig economy with an app company as an employer, or how older people are affected by digitalisation, for better or worse.

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Natural and artificial cognition

Our researchers participate in the research area Natural and artificial cognition, which is one of five profile areas at Lund University.

The profile area Natural and artificial cognition –