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Slide 1 Technology in the Human Context Technology in the Human Context Anthropology 3150 November 30, 2009
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Slide 2 Technology in the Human Context The Buzz on Technology It will save the world It will destroy the world It is eliminating jobs It is creating jobs
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Slide 3 Technology in the Human Context Technology = tools? Instrumental values Other values:  moral, aesthetic, kinship,  religious, … A modern conceit:  technological  aesthetics
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Slide 4 Technology in the Human Context Technology = religion? In the United States, yes. Fetish objects Magical qualities Medieval antecedents Engineers and freemasons:  George  Washington et al. The technological sublime
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Slide 5 Technology in the Human Context Technology = social authority? “The computer says …” Technototemism:  creating social distinctions
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  • Spring '08
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  • Anthropology, human context, Objectives of Technology Management, capital Technology

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