Technology has a more vital role than ever in shaping modern society, and society plays a vital role in shaping technological trends. TECHNOLOGY AND THE FUTURE explores this remarkable relationship by showing students more than definitions and descriptions; it takes students into the minds of some of the world’s most exciting thinkers.
This diverse collection of readings by technology enthusiasts and critics introduces students to different philosophical approaches regarding the impact of technology, as well as specific technologies to give students a complete overview of technology today.
Table of Contents
PART I: THINKING ABOUT TECHNOLOGY.
1. Does Improved Technology Mean Progress? - Leo Marx.
2. How Society Shapes Technology - Robert Pool.
3. The Shock of the Old – David Edgerton
4. Can Technology Replace Social Engineering? - Alvin M. Weinberg.
5. Technology and the Tragic View - Samuel C. Florman.
6. Do Artifacts Have Politics? - Langdon Winner.
PART II: DEBATING TECHNOLOGY: 1960S STYLE.
7. The Role of Technology in Society - Emmanuel G. Mesthene.
8. Technology: The Opiate of the Intellectuals - John McDermott.
PART III: DEBATING TECHNOLOGY: TWENTY-FIRST-CENTURY STYLE.
9. Why the Future Doesn’t Need Us - Bill Joy.
10. A Response to Bill Joy and the Doom-and-Gloom Technofuturists - John Seely Brown and Paul Duguid.
11. Promise and Peril - Ray Kurzweil.
PART IV: CONTEMPORARY TECHNOLOGICAL DILEMMAS: CLIMATE CHANGE.
12. The Science Behind Climate Change - William Collins, Robert Colman, James Haywood, Martin R. Manning, and Philip Mote.
13. The Climate Science Isn’t Settled - Richard S. Lindzen.
14. The Geoengineering Option; A Last Resort Against Global Warming? - David G. Victor, M. Granger Morgan, Jay Apt, John Steinbrunner, and Katharine Ricke.
15. 20 Reasons Why Geoengineering May Be a Bad Idea - Alan Robock.
PART V: CONTEMPORARY TECHNOLOGICAL DILEMMAS: THE NEW BIOLOGY.
16. Stem Cell Research: The Great Moral Divide - Christopher Thomas Scott.
17. Applications, Benefits and Risks of Synthetic Biology - Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues.
18. Five Hard Truths for Synthetic Biology - Roberta Kwok.
19. The Case Against Perfection - Michael J. Sandel.
20. Some Possible Legal and Social Implications of Advances in Neuroscience - Henry T. Greely.
PART VI: CONTEMPORARY TECHNOLOGICAL DILEMMAS: INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY.
21. An Unforeseen Revolution: Computers and Expectations, 1935-1985 - Paul Ceruzzi.
22. Why I Am Not Going to Buy a Computer - Wendell Berry.
23. Computer Ethics - Deborah G. Johnson.
24. Is Google Making Us Stupid? - Nicholas Carr.
25. Net Neutrality 101, Save the Internet.
26. Managing Broadband Networks: A Policymaker’s Guide - George Ou.
PART VII: GOVERNANCE AND GLOBALIZATION.
27. Government and Technology - Albert H. Teich.
28. The World Is Flat - Thomas L. Friedman.