Lec 16 - University of California, Berkeley Engineering 124...

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University of California, Berkeley Professor Kastenberg Engineering 124 Impacts of Technology on Society Engineering 124 Lecture 16 Mar. 15, 2007 Beginning of the technical part of this course Ecological and Societal Impact (After Bateson – 1970) o World Population Growth o Acceleration of technological progress o Certain “errors” in the thinking and attitudes of Western culture, emanating from the Industrial Revolution o We will reach population of 12 billion in our life times “Errors” in Western Thinking o It’s us against the environment o It’s us against other men o It’s the individual (or the individual company, or the individual nation) that matters/ o We can have unilateral control over the environment and must strive for that control o We live within an infinitely expanding frontier o Economic determinism is common sense o Technology will do it for us Bateson o “if we continue to operate in a Cartesian dualism of mind versus matter, we shall probably also continue to see the world as God versus man, elite versus people,
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This note was uploaded on 04/02/2008 for the course E 124 taught by Professor Kastenberg during the Spring '07 term at University of California, Berkeley.

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