What do we mean when we talk about progress? Generally speaking, progressing means going towards something and moving away from something else. But where we’re headed, and what we’re leaving behind, are the key questions that motivate political movements, shape international treaties, and define our own sense of personal growth.
Our notions of individual or collective progress reflect our values and our hopes for the future. Knowing what we’re trying to accomplish can also help us see what role technology could or should play. To help us explore these possibilities, the following experts answered a deceptively simple question: What does progress mean to you?