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(sosc111)[2002](f)final~ee_wccad^_10550 (1) - 1 In terms of...

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In terms of technological governance, why is it problematic to leave decisions to scientific and engineering experts? i. These experts do not necessarily reflect public opinion. ii. These experts often cannot agree on a single solution. iii. These experts are not necessarily good at understanding how technology operates within a social context. iv. These experts do not have a systematic method for making technological decisions. a. Only i, ii, and iii b. Only i, iii, and iv c. Only ii, iii, and iv. d. Only iv e. i, ii, iii, and iv. 2. In technology assessment (TA), stakeholder refers to: a. Someone who carries meat. b. A single person who acts as an information gatekeeper. c. A single person who acts as a serial decision-making unit. d. Someone who has a special interest in the technology being assessed. e. The assessor who performs risk-cost-benefit analysis (RCBA). 3. Why do governments make laws and set standards for consumer protection and worker safety? a. Everyone assesses risks in the same way. b. Only the government can look out for our safety. c. There is a market failure in terms of technological safety. d. To create a “safe harbor” in which engineers can make decisions. e. All of the above. 4. The most important and central part of the Chinese ancestral hall was the: a. Entrance. b. Width of the bays (thus denoting social rank). c. The grand-parents’ quarters. d. The father’s quarters. e. The family shrine. 5. What is Ford’s “elderly-person suit” (also known as a third-age suit)? a. A device that saved labor but was marketed primarily to old (elderly) people. b. A device for simulating the experience of old age for young engineers. c. A collection of devices that included the electric starter, the electronic shifter, and auto-throttle. d. An example of how the Model T prescribed specific gender and age characteristics on its customers. e. None of the above. 6. If we are able to design a technology to have any kind of politics that we wish, then the technology is: a. Inherently political. b. Politically centralized. c. Politically democratic. d. A parallel decision making process. e. Politically flexible. 7. A technology is considered safe when: a. The risks are judged acceptable through technology assessment. b. When government experts have approved the technology. c. When the design incorporates the best safety devices of the day. d. When the designers follow all legal specifications. e. None of the above. 8. In terms of decision-making, which of the following would we choose in order to get the fastest decision? a. Serial-independent process. b. Serial process. c. Parallel process in which all decision-making units agree. d.
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This note was uploaded on 07/30/2011 for the course SOS 111 taught by Professor Bark during the Summer '08 term at HKU.

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