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STS 101 Chapter 15 The control and creation of Technology
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Is technology out of control? Most of us would say “huh”, or “what?”.
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Why is it even a question? So if everything is hunky-dory, why do we have these recurring themes of technology run amok?
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Do we have a technological dilemma? Technological dilemmas exist because of our increased dependence on technology Technological changes have the potential to result in a lesser quality of life, or even the endangerment of society itself. All technical progress has three kinds of effects: the desired, the foreseen, and the unforeseen
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How to foresee the negative effects? Technological advances seldom announce their less desirable side effects. But even if they did, would we have the courage to make the difficult choices? Who could have predicted the disintegration of the inner cities and the toll on the environment often attributed to the automobile, or the loss of community and literacy following the diffusion of television? If so, would “we” have done anything about it?
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What controls our life? Some say we have had to adapt to life in a technical milieu rather than the other way around. Ralph Waldo Emerson said we are in a “….topsy-turvy world where technology has run amok.” To counter this, technology is common in literature and culture. One reason for this may be our feeling of helplessness at the hands of technology and tools of our making.
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Technological Determinism (TD) TD is defined by Volti as: An independent force in our life Implication? We are the servants of technology instead  of its master
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What is Technological Determinism? Technological determinism is the theory
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