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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 critics of technology as well as 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.
Preface. Topical Contents. About the Author. Part I: THINKNG ABOUT TECHNOLOGY. 1. Does Improved Technology Mean Progress? (1987) Leo Marx. 2. How Technology Shapes Society (1997) Robert Pool. 3. Can Technology Replace Social Engineering? (1966) Alvin M. Weinberg. 4. Why I am Not Going to Buy a Computer? (1990) Wendell Berry. 5. Technology and the Tragic View. (1981) Samuel C. Florman. Part II: DEBATING TECHNOLOGY, 1960s STYLE. 6. The Role of Technology in Society. (1969) Emmanuel G. Mesthene. 7. Technology: The Opiate of the Intellectuals. (1969) John McDermott. Part III: ALTERNATIVE PERSPECTIVES ON TECHNOLOGY. 8. Buddhist Economics. (1973) E. F. Schumacher. 9. Can Technology Be Humane? (1969) Paul Goodman. 10. Technological Politics as if Democracy Really Mattered. (1993) Richard Sclove. 11. Western Colonization of the Future. (1999) Ziauddin Sardar. 12. Black Futurists in the Information Age. (1997) Timothy L. Jenkins. 13. Feminist Perspectives on Technology. (1991) Judy Wajcman. 14. Do Artifacts Have Politics? (1980) Langdon Winner. Part IV: DILEMMAS OF NEW TECHNOLOGY: VULNERABILITY. 15. Brittle Technology. (2000) Amory B. Lovins and L. Hunter Lovins. 16. Technological Vulnerability. (1996) Brian Martin. Part V: DILEMMAS OF NEW TECHNOLOGY: BIOETHICS. 17. The Dark Side of the Genome. (1991) Robert A. Weinberg. 18. Remarks by the President on Stem Cell Research. (2001) President George W. Bush. 19. Hard Cell: A Commentary on the President's Stem Cell Address. (2001) Thomas H. Murray. 20. The Wisdom of Repugnance. (1998) Leon R. Kass. Part VI: DILEMMAS OF NEW TECHNOLOGY: THE INFORMATION AGE. 21. An Unforeseen Revolution: Computers and Expectations, 1935-1985. (1986) Paul Ceruzzi. 22. Computer Ethics. (1993) Tom Forester and Perry Morrison. 23. The Internet Under Siege. (2001) Lawrence Lessig. 24. In the Age of the Smart Machine. (1988) Shoshana Zuboff. 25. The Logistics of Techno-War. (1997) Gene I. Rochlin. Part VII: DEBATING TECHNOLOGY, 21st CENTURY STYLE. 26. Why the Future Doesn't Need Us. (2000) Bill Joy. 27. A Response to Bill Joy and the Doom-and-Gloom Technofuturists. (2000) John Seely Brown and Paul Duguid. Part VIII: CODA. 28. In Touch at Last. (1999) Seth Shostak.