2018 Theme: New Frontiers
Innovations in the realm of digital technology are accelerating. The ‘Internet of things’, the automation of traditional services and the ubiquitous nature of big data have transformed many societies over a remarkably short period of time. Technology is generating tools and solutions in many developed parts of the world, yet it has also created its own unique problems – from cyber attacks to social media addiction and the dark web. With technology unlocking ever-new potential, while generating many unforeseen challenges, how will technology shape the future prospects of the human species?The 2018 Arts by the Sea theme will highlight both local and global reflections for what may lie ahead. As the pipe dreams of science fiction begin to parallel modern realities, our visions of the future vary. Some argue that the Internet is now the ‘air we breathe’, and will continue to redefine human civilization as developing countries connect. Others predict the continued proliferation of the digital industries as new innovations, such as self-driving cars and even planes, approach on the horizon. In the longer term, breakthroughs in space travel, clean energy and medicine, and the conquering of illness and even death, seem not outside the eventual reach of humanity.