believed the purpose of culture was to learn how to use energy to serve the needs of man. White also believes that technological evolution is key to human evolution, and that our social systems are all based on the growth of technology in in said society. These two theories may be similar in the idea that technological evolution is at the core of human evolution, but there is another man who proposed a more futuristic theory on technology. Alvin Toffer was an American writer who considered himself a futurist and looked to future so see technological change. Toffer believes that technology is bringing about huge change that the human race is not ready to embrace. He thinks that the human race has stopped planning for the future and instead spends too much time in the present. We don’t seem to look at all the changes that our technological evolution is bringing for us in the future. Toffer believes that in the near future we will begin to see artificial intelligence, drones, and cloning, however it is going to be important to look at the changes that these things will make on our culture. Instead of focusing on the flow of information or the collection of energy he focuses on the future and how it will change our culture. He shares the idea that technology is central to our lives, and that it is a part of our evolutionary process. Sociocultural evolution may move at different paces for different cultures, but if we spend the time to understand its progression we may be able to understand cultures that differ from our own. Understanding other peoples and the importance of evolution can be helped by
Cassie Wallace AC1404092 Social Impact of Technology SO245 Assign 08 09/30/2016 looking at the different views from several theorists. Though their perspectives may be different there is no argument that all of them see the importance of technology and the changes it is going to bring to the world. Lenski, Toffer, and White all have masses of knowledge to share with the world and have spent many years researching their theories. Looking at their ideas on religion, culture and technology we can learn how to change our future and make the world a better place.
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