Conflicting Visions of Technology (Technological optimism (Technology is:,…
Conflicting Visions of Technology
Technology solves problems
Transport and communication
Access to information
Technology creates problems
and moral questions
We are in control
When things go wrong:
technology will solve the problem
from vulnerability to nature
from physical labour
Assumes technology will not be abused
Control is necessary for no abusing
Conflicts with idea of freedom and equality
We are enslaved and
dominated by technology
We cannot dominate nature
Features of technology
Is natural always superior?
Is the split between "natural"
and "artificial" clear?
Technology is out of
A lack of total control does not
equal no control.
Technologies are introduced to serve certain purposes, but have unintended consequences.
More likely, because many technologies
are part of complex technological networks
Both views are overly simplisitic
Both views show useful insight
Adhering to either views absolves
us of the responsibilities to critically reflect.