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"Technology is our conduit of power. In our modern world, technology is the gatekeeper deciding who shall have and who shall have not. Either technology works for you or you work for technology. It shapes the human race just as much as we shape it. But where is this symbiosis going? Who provides the directions, the intentions, the goals of this human-machine partnership? Such decisions do not derive from the creators of technology who are enmeshed in their individual innovations. They neither come from our social leaders who possess only sufficient technical understanding to react to innovations, not to anticipate or direct their progress. Neither is there evidence of some omnipotent 'invisible hand,' the simple fact is that no one is directing this enterprise." In Mind, Machine and Morality, Peter Hancock asks questions about this insensate progress and has the temerity to suggest some cognate answers. He argues for the unbreakable symbiosis of purpose and process, and examines the dangerous possibilities that emerge when science and purpose meet. Historically, this work is a modern-day child of Bacon's hope for the 'Great Instauration.' However, unlike its forebear, the focus here is on human-machine systems. The emphasis centers on the conception that the active, extensive face of modern philosophy is technology. Whatever we are to become is bound up not only in our biology but critically in our technology also. And to achieve rational progress we need to articulate manifest purpose. This book is one step along the purposive road.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780754673583
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 1/1/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 202
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures

List of Tables

1 The Science and Philosophy of Human-Machine Systems 1

2 Teleology for Technology 31

3 Convergent Technological Evolution 69

4 The Future of Function Allocation 85

5 The Sheepdog and the Japanese Garden 93

6 On the Future of Work 113

7 Men Without Machines 123

8 Life, Liberty, and the Design of Happiness 129

9 Mind, Machine and Morality 141

Permissions 159

References 161

Index 179

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