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This diverse collection of readings by technology enthusiasts and critics introduces you to different philosophical approaches regarding the impact of technology, as well as specific technologies to give you a complete overview of technology today.
Table of Contents
|Topical Contents||p. ix|
|About the Editor||p. xiii|
|Thinking About Technology||p. 1|
|Does Improved Technology Mean Progress?||p. 3|
|How Society Shapes Technology||p. 13|
|The Shock of the Old||p. 23|
|Can Technology Replace Social Engineering?||p. 34|
|Technology and the Tragic View||p. 42|
|Do Artifacts Have Politics?||p. 51|
|Debating Technology: 1960s Style||p. 69|
|The Role of Technology in Society||p. 71|
|Technology: The Opiate of the Intellectuals||p. 81|
|Debating Technology: Twenty-First-Century Style||p. 91|
|Why the Future Doesn't Need Us||p. 93|
|A Response to Bill Joy and the Doom-and-Gloom Technofuturists||p. 117|
|Promise and Peril||p. 123|
|Contemporary Technological Dilemmas: Climate Change||p. 147|
|The Science Behind Climate Change||p. 149|
|The Climate Science Isn't Settled||p. 161|
|The Geoengineering Option: A Last Resort Against Global Warming?||p. 165|
|20 Reasons Why Geoengineering May Be a Bad Idea||p. 175|
|Contemporary Technological Dilemmas: The New Biology||p. 187|
|Stem Cell Research: The Great Moral Divide||p. 189|
|Applications, Benefits, and Risks of Synthetic Biology: Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues||p. 210|
|Five Hard Truths for Synthetic Biology||p. 226|
|The Case against Perfection||p. 233|
|Some Possible Legal and Social Implications of Advances in Neuroscience||p. 245|
|Contemporary Technological Dilemmas: Information and Communications Technology||p. 267|
|An Unforeseen Revolution: Computers and Expectations, 1935-1985||p. 269|
|Why I Am Not Going to Buy a Computer||p. 281|
|Computer Ethics||p. 287|
|Is Google Making Us Stupid? What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains||p. 301|
|Net Neutrality 101: Save the Internet||p. 310|
|Managing Broadband Networks||p. 312|
|Governance and Globalization||p. 321|
|Government and Technology||p. 323|
|The World Is Flat||p. 332|
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