Professor Hamari Juho and working group (Gamification Group)

256000 €

DIAL: Futures research into socio-cultural implications of DIgitally induced ALtered states of consciousness

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There is an emerging phenomenon of using new technologies and art (such as psychedelic VR environments, "digital drugs", binaural soundscapes) to induce Altered States of Consciousness (ASoc). These practices are examples of a larger development of varied integration of technology into all facets of human life and culture. Given the current rate and trajectory of this development, it is not difficult to conceive a future where digital products which bypass contemporary media formats in order to induce Altered States of Consciousness (ASoC) are a commonplace feature. Although the realisation of digital technologies which induce ASoC in currently in its infancy, a detailed examination of this issue is necessary in order to explore, understand, and anticipate the possible ramifications of digitally-induced ASoC across a range of socio-cultural domains. DIAL researches the possible directions of digitally-induced ASoC and their implications for individuals and for society; the research combines anticipatory anthropology with futures research in order to identify and investigate the social, cultural, legal, and economic effects of digitally-induced ASoC. The primary scientific impact of DIAL will be in laying the foundation for the study of an entirely new phenomenon: digitally-induced ASoC; it will create a roadmap for future academic work across a range of disciplines, from HCI to social policy. Furthermore, by examining areas of interest through the lens of futures research DIAL provides insights that inform the understanding of contemporary issues of note, such as biohacking, digital security, and problematic media consumption. In addition to scientific impact, DIAL will also produce notable societal and cultural impact by allowing policy-makers, regulatory bodies, and NGOs to plan future strategies and educational. DIAL will also inform and engage with the public through an interactive website which explores the plausible futures of digitally-induced ASoC.