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Overview

TECHNOLOGY AND THE FUTURE offers an unsurpassed collection of readings on how technology shapes society while itself being shaped by social trends. It presents a balanced view, including articles written by critics of technology as well as by technological enthusiasts. By including both philosophical approaches, as well as discussions of such specific technologies as information technology and biotechnology, this text offers a unique and unparalleled overview of technology today. Eight out of 30 articles are new in this edition, with several older articles replaced with more up-to-date articles published between 2002-2004.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312208585
  • Publisher: Wadsworth
  • Publication date: 7/28/1999
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 341
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

Albert H. Teich has served as Director of Science and Policy Programs at the American Association for the Advancement of Science since 1990. In this position, he is responsible for the association's activities in science, technology, society, and policy and serves as its chief spokesperson on science policy issues. Dr. Teich received a B.S. degree in physics and a Ph.D. in political science, both from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Prior to joining the AAAS staff in 1980, he held positions at George Washington University, the State University of New York, and Syracuse University. Dr. Teich is well known as a speaker on science and technology policy and is the author of numerous articles, reports, and book chapters. He is chair of the Advisory Board of the School of Public Policy at Georgia Tech, and a member of the advisory boards of Columbia University's Center for Science, Policy, and Outcomes, and the Loka Institute. In addition, he is co-director of a new Center for Innovation Policy Research and Education in Budapest, Hungary. Dr. Teich is a Fellow of AAAS and a member of the editorial advisory boards to the journals SCIENCE COMMUNICATION, SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, AND HUMAN VALUES, and PROMETHEUS, as well as a consultant to government agencies, national laboratories, industrial firms, and international organizations.
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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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