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Overview

TECHNOLOGY AND THE FUTURE offers an unsurpassed collection of readings on technology's impact on the individual and society. In this substantial revision, Teich incorporates important new topics, such as the revolutions in genetics and information technology. New selections by significant contemporary thinkers include readings by Langdon Winner, Thomas Hughes, Donald Norman, and Leon Kass.
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"...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."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780534602772
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 4/5/2005
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 10
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

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Table of Contents

Topical Contents
About the Editor
Preface
Pt. I Thinking about Technology 1
1 Does Improved Technology Mean Progress? 3
2 Flow Society Shapes Technology 13
3 Can Technology Replace Social Engineering? 23
4 Why I Am Not Going to Buy a Computer 31
5 Technology and the Tragic View 37
Pt. II Debating Technology: 1960s Style 47
6 The Role of Technology in Society 49
7 Technology: The Opiate of the Intellectuals 59
Pt. III Alternative Perspectives on Technology 69
8 Buddhist Economics 71
9 Can Technology Be Humane? 78
10 Technological Politics As If Democracy Really Mattered 91
11 Western Colonization of the Future 109
12 Black Futurists in the Information Age 119
13 Feminist Perspectives on Technology 135
14 Do Artifacts Have Politics? 148
Pt. IV Dilemmas of New Technology: Vulnerability 165
15 Terrorism and Brittle Technology 167
16 Technological Vulnerability 172
Pt. V Dilemmas of New Technology: Bioethics 185
17 The Dark Side of the Genome 187
18 Remarks by the President on Stem Cell Research 196
19 Hard Cell: A Commentary on the President's Stem Cell Address 200
20 The Wisdom of Repugnance 209
21 Science Fiction: A Comment on Leon Kass's Bioethics 225
Pt. VI Dilemmas of New Technology: Computers and Information 229
22 An Unforeseen Revolution: Computers and Expectations, 1935-1985 231
23 Computer Ethics 242
24 The Internet Under Siege 258
25 In the Age of the Smart Machine 268
26 The Logistics of Techno-War 276
Pt. VII Debating Technology: 21st Century Style 293
27 Why the Future Doesn't Need us 295
28 A Response to Bill Joy and the Doom-and-Gloom Technofuturists 318
Pt. VIII Coda 323
29 In Touch at Last 325
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