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STV100: Experts, Ethics and Control Scott M. Campbell [email protected] University of Waterloo 2 Nov 2010 1/ 46
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Outline Outline Part I Technological experts Technological ethics Part I Technology with values Taylorism and control Goal: Do technological experts control technology? How are ethics and values related to technology? 2/ 46
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Part I Experts and Ethics 3/ 46
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Who is in control of technology? Who is in control of technology? “Knowledge is power” Francis Bacon (1561-1626) 4/ 46
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Who is in control of technology? The link between understanding and control? The link between understanding and control? “What I cannot build, I cannot understand.” Richard Feynman 5/ 46
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Who is in control of technology? But if knowledge is power. .. But if knowledge is power. .. Then do engineers and scientists wield the greatest power? 6/ 46
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Who is in control of technology? One problem with technological control: Too much to know One problem with technological control: Too much to know Can anyone master all the material of modern science and technology? 7/ 46
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Who is in control of technology? Technical experts can be easy to ignore Technical experts can be easy to ignore Especially when ideology demands a different outcome or details are obscure 8/ 46
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Who is in control of technology? Technical experts are rarely important to political processes Technical experts are rarely important to political processes Technical knowledge cannot easily be converted to political influence “Technocracy” was an early 20th century movement that sought greater political influence for technical experts 9/ 46
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Who is in control of technology? Technical experts are rarely important to political processes Technical experts are rarely important to political processes Technical knowledge cannot easily be converted to political influence “Technocracy” was an early 20th century movement that sought greater political influence for technical experts It didn’t work 9/ 46
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Who is in control of technology? Technical experts are often poor judges of social merit Technical experts are often poor judges of social merit Typically, judging good technology and judging good social outcomes are orthogonal skill sets 10/ 46
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Who is in control of technology? Technical experts are often poor judges of social merit
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This note was uploaded on 12/07/2010 for the course STV 100 taught by Professor Campbell during the Fall '08 term at Waterloo.

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