MIT 203 - Intro 09/01/2008 14:28:00 The Tech in...

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Unformatted text preview: Intro 09/01/2008 14:28:00 The Tech in Technoculture 09/01/2008 14:28:00 Lecture Notes What is technology? Technology is not a neutral word. Different people will give it different meaning depending on their viewpoint and context. Technology is a broad concept that deals with a species usage and knowledge of tools and crafts, and how it affects a species ability to control and adapt to its environment (Wikipedia). Technology concerns itself with understanding how knowledge is creatively applied to organized tasks involving people and machines that meet sustainable goals. Technology is the process by which humans modify nature to meet their needs and wants. Principle disutopian view of technologies It will change the way humans interact Eliminates social interactions Unnatural wants and desires The digital divide Disutopian Views of Technology Old guys are worried it will change the way we live Facebook: No body language, who is your friend??? We live in a culture where we are oriented towards being afraid Viewpoints on Technology Techno-dystopia Primary People o Jacques Ellul o Gunther Anders o Lewis Mumford o Technology is diminishing humanity o We will become subservient Techno-utopian principles We are presently undergoing a postindustrial revolution in technology In this age, technological growth will be sustained Technological groups will lead to the end of economic scarcity Techno-realism In this heady age of rapid technological change, we all struggle to maintain our bearings The developments that unfold each day in communications and computing can be thrilling and disorienting Principles of Technorealism Technologies are not neutral The Internet is revolutionary, but not utopian Government has an important role to play on the electronic frontier Information is not knowledge Writing the schools will not save them Information wants to be protected The public owns the airwaves. Understanding technology should be an essential component of global citizenship. Technological Literacy Technological literacy is a critical thinking skill based on understanding general patterns that transcend specific technologies o Where is technology headed? What do we think about that?...
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This note was uploaded on 05/11/2008 for the course MIT MIT 203 taught by Professor J.burkell during the Spring '08 term at UWO.

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MIT 203 - Intro 09/01/2008 14:28:00 The Tech in...

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