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Lesson 8: Technology and the Future In our time, the primary challenge facing humanity is a convergence of powerful forces in an unprecedented era of global warming and climate change. Having considered the advances in human technologies from prehistoric times up to the present, we’ve explored those forces throughout this course. They include the relationship between human population growth and ecological problems across the globe. We’ve explored a wide range of social and ecological “mile markers” along our species’ path into the future. Those markers have included deforestation, desertification, acid rain, species die-off, and arable soil erosion and depletion, among others. In this final lesson, we’ll attempt to understand how technological advances have affected our social and psychological well-being. We’ll also learn how we can, collectively, turn toward applications of technology that will restore the global environment. This lesson will outline the challenges and choices all of us must confront in the 21st century. Learning Objectives Upon completion of Lesson 8, you should be able to: Compare approaches to measuring technological progress. Explain the unintended consequences of unregulated growth. Discuss the global energy and fresh water crises. Outline the reconciliation of ethics and modern science. Explain and discuss the possibility of a global paradigm shift. What To Do Next Reading Assignments Click on the Reading Assignments link above to access your textbook reading assignments and lecture notes. Assessment After you have completed the reading assignments for this lesson and feel comfortable with the material presented, go to the Exams & Quizzes tool on the left navigation panel and complete Online Exam 8 . Also, go to the Assignments tool and complete Assignment 8 . Congratulations! Once you have completed these items, and have received a passing score on the assessment, you have completed this course! Reading Assignments Text Readings
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There is no textbook for this course. Additional Readings DIRECTIONS: To access ProQuest articles, you MUST first open a Web browser window to the ProQuest Library; otherwise, you will be denied access to the articles when you click the links. Once your browser is open to ProQuest, simply click on the link for the article you need to read. For detailed instructions on how to access ProQuest, click here . For non-ProQuest articles, use the provided Internet link to access the Required Readings material. Required Readings Internet Links Why Fresh Water Shortages Will Cause the Next Great Global Crisis The Moral Challenge of Modern Science Lecture Notes Approaches to Measuring Technological Progress Sociologists, anthropologists, and other scholars and intellectuals have developed distinct approaches to understanding the nature of technological progress. We’ll discuss four important theorists in this section of the lesson. They represent four perspectives on the relationships between technological development and our social world.
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