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TECHNOLOGY AND THE FUTURE offers an unsurpassed collection of readings on how technology shapes society while itself being shaped by social trends. It presents a balanced view, including critics of technology as well as technological enthusiasts. By including both philosophical approaches, as well as discussions of such specific technologies as information technology and biotechnology, this text offers a unique and unparalleled overview of technology today.
Table of Contents
About the Editor
Part I Thinking about Technology
Does Improved Technology Mean Progress?
How Society Shapes Technology
Can Technology Replace Social Engineering?
Alvin M. Weinberg
Why I Am Not Going to Buy a Computer
Technology and the Tragic View
Samuel C. Florman
Part II Debating Technology: 1960s Style
The Role of Technology in Society
Emmanuel G. Mesthene
Technology: The Opiate of the Intellectuals
Part III Alternative Perspectives on Technology
E. F. Schumacher
Can Technology Be Humane?
Technological Politics As If Democracy Really Mattered
Western Colonization of the Future
Black Futurists in the Information Age
Timothy L. Jenkins
Feminist Perspectives on Technology
Do Artifacts Have Politics?
Part IV Dilemmas of New Technology: Vulnerability
Terrorism and Brittle Technology
Amory B. Lovins
L. Hunter Lovins
Part V Dilemmas of New Technology: Bioethics
The Dark Side of the Genome
Robert A. Weinberg
Remarks by the President on Stem Cell Research
President George W. Bush
Hard Cell: A Commentary on the President's Stem Cell Address
Thomas H. Murray
The Wisdom of Repugnance
Leon R. Kass
Science Fiction: A Comment on Leon Kass's Bioethics
Part VI Dilemmas of New Technology: Computers and Information
An Unforeseen Revolution: Computers and Expectations, 1935-1985
The Internet Under Siege
In the Age of the Smart Machine
The Logistics of Techno-War
Gene I. Rochlin
Part VII Debating Technology: 21st Century Style
Why the Future Doesn't Need Us
A Response to Bill Joy and the Doom-and-Gloom Technofuturists