The Techno-Human Condition

The Techno-Human Condition

by Braden R. Allenby, Daniel Sarewitz
     
 

A provocative analysis of what it means to be human in an era of incomprehensible technological complexity and change.See more details below

Overview

A provocative analysis of what it means to be human in an era of incomprehensible technological complexity and change.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262015691
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
01/29/2010
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Braden R. Allenby is Founding Director of the Center for Earth Systems Engineering and Management, Lincoln Professor of Engineering and Ethics, and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Arizona State University. He is the author of Reconstructing Earth: Technology and Environment in the Age of Humans.

Daniel Sarewitz is Professor of Science and Society at Arizona State University and the author of Frontiers of Illusion.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments ix

1 What a Long, Transhuman Trip It Has Already Been 1

2 In the Cause-and-Effect Zone 15

3 Level I and II Technology: Effectiveness, Progress, and Complexity 31

4 Level III Technology: Radical Contingency in Earth Systems 63

5 Individuality and Incomprehensibility 87

6 Complexity, Coherence, Contingency 107

7 Killer Apps 127

8 In Front of Our Nose 159

9 Epilogue: The Museum of Human Frailty 191

Bibliography 211

Index 217

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