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IAH 206 Self, Society, and Technology August 27 th , 2008
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Today’s Agenda l Any questions about the course/syllabus? l Why study the interplay between self, society, and technology? l Techno-optimists vs. techno-pessimists. l Condorcet’s view of technology l Definition of technology
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Clicker Question: l Were you able to log onto our Angel course site. Did you look over the course syllabus? Did you print out the readings from Angel and bring a copy to class? ¡ A: Yes ¡ B: No
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Couple of Items… l Office hours have changed: now 12 – 2:00pm on Thursdays. l Philosophy Tutoring: M & W from 5 – 7pm in 523 S. Kedzie Hall.
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Why study self, society, technology? l Intrinsic interest: each topic raises questions worth studying for their own sake. ¡ Inherent value vs. instrumental value l Welfare: Presumably technology affects our quality of life, individually and collectively. ¡ How exactly? ¡ Always for the better? ¡ What’s the relationship between technology and progress?
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NAÏVE IDEAL OF PROGRESS: l Technologies make life better or easier l Newer and better technologies… l Technologies do not themselves change us or society in any worrying way l In theory at least, there is no limit to the progress we can achieve through science and the technologies it makes possible
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Technology and progress l Techno-optimists: ¡ Tend to believe that technology is not responsible for social problems, but an important means to their solution.
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