Technology and the Future

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  • Edition: 12th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-01-13
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing

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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 Contentsp. ix
About the Editorp. xiii
Prefacep. xv
Thinking About Technologyp. 1
Does Improved Technology Mean Progress?p. 3
How Society Shapes Technologyp. 13
The Shock of the Oldp. 23
Can Technology Replace Social Engineering?p. 34
Technology and the Tragic Viewp. 42
Do Artifacts Have Politics?p. 51
Debating Technology: 1960s Stylep. 69
The Role of Technology in Societyp. 71
Technology: The Opiate of the Intellectualsp. 81
Debating Technology: Twenty-First-Century Stylep. 91
Why the Future Doesn't Need Usp. 93
A Response to Bill Joy and the Doom-and-Gloom Technofuturistsp. 117
Promise and Perilp. 123
Contemporary Technological Dilemmas: Climate Changep. 147
The Science Behind Climate Changep. 149
The Climate Science Isn't Settledp. 161
The Geoengineering Option: A Last Resort Against Global Warming?p. 165
20 Reasons Why Geoengineering May Be a Bad Ideap. 175
Contemporary Technological Dilemmas: The New Biologyp. 187
Stem Cell Research: The Great Moral Dividep. 189
Applications, Benefits, and Risks of Synthetic Biology: Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issuesp. 210
Five Hard Truths for Synthetic Biologyp. 226
The Case against Perfectionp. 233
Some Possible Legal and Social Implications of Advances in Neurosciencep. 245
Contemporary Technological Dilemmas: Information and Communications Technologyp. 267
An Unforeseen Revolution: Computers and Expectations, 1935-1985p. 269
Why I Am Not Going to Buy a Computerp. 281
Computer Ethicsp. 287
Is Google Making Us Stupid? What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brainsp. 301
Net Neutrality 101: Save the Internetp. 310
Managing Broadband Networksp. 312
Governance and Globalizationp. 321
Government and Technologyp. 323
The World Is Flatp. 332
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