Technology Impact Cycle Tool

If this category is not applicable for this technology, please select 'Yes'.
Your technology is probably designed to solve a problem. So it is important that you exactly know which problem you are going to solve. Can you make a crisp and clean definition of the problem? What 'pain' do you want to ease? Whose pain is it? The answers to these questions will help you to determine and discuss if you are really solving the right problem.
In technology there is a tendency to simplify a problem, so it can be technically solved. Are you sure you are solving the real problem? Are you sure you are not only addressing the symptoms? Is technology really the right solution for the problem? Did you consider the five why's.
Your technology is going to solve a problem but do you know how? Can you explain what characteristics lead to the solution of the problem? Are you sure it is going to work? Why? Are you sure it really works? How do you know? Did you test it? Is it grounded in theory? How are you going to evaluate the outcomes?
Technology often bites back. It has the tendency to create negative effects you would not expect because of unpredictable user behaviour. Can you think about possible negative effects? Did you brainstorm to find effects?
Describe the impact of this innovative technology on daily lives of people, on the short term and on the long term. Discuss how the innovation, in a broader sense than solely the problem at hand, impacts human values and society. Does the technology comply with your personal and/or professional values? A lot of professions have their own set of values like codes of conducts and ethical guidelines. Did you check? Does your technology comply? And how about your own set of values? Does the technology comply with what you think is right?
The idea of the technology impact tool is that it stimulates you to think hard about the impact of your technological solution. This can lead to design - changes, which is a good thing. Please list them here.