Bristol Digital Futures Institute (BDFI)
Founded in 2019, Bristol Digital Futures Institute (BDFI) is the newest of the University of Bristol’s five research institutes.
Digital technologies have changed the world. Global connectivity, smart technology and automated systems are already part of daily life. This brings opportunities and challenges.
It is necessary to better understand how technologies and people are shaping the future together - or "sociotechnical futures". Rather than waiting for the future to happen, it is necessary to get ahead of it.
This demands a new way of working. So, the BDFI brings together academics from across disciplines with partners from all sectors, from telecoms to charity, finance to film, charity to government.
In globally unique facilities, the BDFI will:
- Create knowledge: across academic disciplines and in partnerships with industry and communities
- Make it real: co-create new digital technologies using experimental sociotechnical research facilities
The BDFI became a University Research Institute in 2019 and received £100m in funding and support from Research England and civic, business and charity partners.
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