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Technology and the Future 12th Edition

Albert H. Teich

  • Published
  • Previous Editions 2009, 2006, 2003
  • 368 Pages


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.

Albert H. Teich,

Albert H. Teich has been Director of Science and Policy Programs at the venerable American Association for the Advancement of Science since 1990 and has held positions at George Washington University, the State University of New York, and Syracuse University. He currently chairs the Advisory Board of the School of Public Policy at Georgia Tech, serves on advisory boards at Columbia University and the Loka Institute, and is Codirector of the new Center for Innovation Policy Research and Education in Budapest. A widely quoted, well-known author and speaker on science and technology policy, Dr. Teich is an advisory board member for several scientific journals and a consultant to various companies and organizations. Dr. Teich holds a BS in physics and a PhD in political science, both from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
  • Many new readings including: "What Technology Wants" by Kevin Kelly, "The Climate Science Isn't Settled" by Richard S. Lindzen; "The Geoengineering Option: A Last Resort Against Global Warming?" by David G. Victor, M. Granger Morgan, Jay Apt, John Steinbrunner, and Katharine Ricke; "20 Reasons Why Geoengineering May Be a Bad Idea" by Alan Robock; "Applications, Benefits and Risks of Synthetic Biology, Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues;" "Five Hard Truths for Synthetic Biology" by Roberta Kwok; "Is Google Making Us Stupid?" by Nicholas Carr; "Net Neutrality 101, Save the Internet;" "Managing Broadband Networks: A Policymaker's Guide" byGeorge Ou; and "The World Is Flat" by Thomas L. Friedman.
  • A new excerpt from the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's Summary for Policymakers gets students thinking about how technology affects the earth's climate and where things are headed.
  • Four new essays on the moral and legal dilemmas associated with medical technological advances such as stem cell research and genetic engineering stimulate student discussion both inside and outside the classroom.
  • A new article about the problems that arise from anonymity on the Internet sheds light on the dangers and advantages of communicating, living, and working in an increasingly electronic world.
  • A new essay on commonplace technologies and the theory that they can be more important from a global perspective than those that replace them gets students looking at yesterday's advances with new appreciation.
  • Two new articles on government and governance bring students face-to-face with potentially explosive topics ranging from regulation to the use of information by legislative bodies, along with the vexing challenges that today's revolutionary technologies pose.
  • TECHNOLOGY AND THE FUTURE delivers a wide variety of thought-provoking topics through stimulating writings from respected authorities in their fields, including the director of the prestigious American Association for the Advancement of Science.
  • This updated collection of articles addresses the most current and emerging technology-related issues facing society, including bioethics, climate change, terrorism, war, race, and feminism.
  • Supplementing almost any text, TECHNOLOGY AND THE FUTURE broadens students' perspectives about technology, focusing their attention on the philosophical gray areas surrounding it.
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.
7. The Role of Technology in Society - Emmanuel G. Mesthene.
8. Technology: The Opiate of the Intellectuals - John McDermott.
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.
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.
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.
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.
27. Government and Technology - Albert H. Teich.
28. The World Is Flat - Thomas L. Friedman.

"...In analyzing the essays in the Teich text, my students develop the skill of argument analysis."

" I like the organization of the table of contents by topics. It made it extremely easy for me to scan the titles to see which would fulfill course objectives."