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technology often becomes alchemy attempting to replace God and all morality


Technology is dominated by two types of people: those who understand what they do not manage, and those who manage what they do not understand.

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The Biological Basis of Morality

Do we invent our moral absolutes in order to make society workable? Or are these enduring principles expressed to us by some transcendent or Godlike authority? Efforts to resolve this conundrum have perplexed, sometimes inflamed, our best minds for centuries, but the natural sciences are telling us more and more about the choices we make and our reasons for making them

by Edward O. Wilson

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Part II

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The Dangers of Computer Technology

All our knowledge brings us nearer to ignorance
All our ignorance brings us nearer to death
But nearness to death, no nearer to God.
Where is the life we have lost in living?
Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge?
Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?
- T.S. Elliot

"The power of technique, mysterious though scientific, which covers the whole earth with its networks of
waves, wires, and paper, is to the technician the abstract idol which gives him a reason for living and even
for joy."
- Jacques Ellul

(The Techies are) "Making those elaborate worlds people play at living in, instead of worrying about the
one we're all stuck with."
- Marge Piercy


Three writers, writing years apart, all with the same idea: technology can be a very dangerous tool. Every day computer technology is advancing, advancing at a rate that has rarely been seen. The difference between computer technology and other technologies is that computers effect us more extremely, and for a number of reasons: the pace of change is quickening, all aspects of life are affected at once, the consequences are long term as well as global. Every day computers assume a new role in our lives; it is nearly impossible to avoid them. Whether it's at work, or in the grocery store, or the library, or anywhere else we go, computers are usually always close by. We have come to take it for granted in the last twenty years or so that computers are a part of life. But do they really have to be? Isn't that one of the questions that often forget to ask ourselves. And what effects are computers having on our lives, our culture, and our society? How many of us have actually considered these questions before sitting down in front of this box before us? Doesn't it seem odd, maybe even a little scary, that a technology invented a mere fifty years or so ago has come to play such a primary function in our lives?

Undoubtedly, computers can be useful tools, and in many ways their effects can be beneficial, yet we would be remiss if we were not to consider the computer from a wholistic perspective. We cannot sit idly by and accept this technology at face value for then we risk the terrible possibility of finding ourselves in a position someday that we have no control over. We must ask the question: what sort of life are computers making for us -- one with peopless shops, personless factories, better products, less work, less privacy, new products, home based culture, better weapons, longer lives? Are these the things we want? Is it O.K. to sacrifice jobs to computer run machines. Will we accept less privacy for the opportunity to surf the web? Will we allow ourselves to become more and more isolated from each other because we cannot peel ourselves away from this screen? These are only a few of the considerations we must ask ourselves before we decide if this technology is truly one we want in our lives. So often we fail to consider these questions, we take for granted that because our technology seems to simplify parts of our lives, it's not complicating others.

That said, I now want to examine some of the ways computers affect our lives in ways most of us never consider. Please remember, my purpose here is not to incite people to action but rather to remind us that there is an inherent danger in new technology, whether the dangers of computers are outweighed by their benefits, we have yet to see. I only want people to ask themselves a few simple questions when they encounter technology: what is it for, where is it taking us, and who decides. Only by asking these questions we can evaluate technologies and decide if they belong in our lives.

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Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former. 

Albert Einstein

NewsHub Technology News

Technology and Internet Breaking NEWS

Dictionary of Science and Technology

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Truth is certainly a branch of morality and a very important one to society.

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There is no truth existing which I fear, or would wish unknown to the whole world.

It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself.

We are not afraid to follow truth wherever it may lead, nor to tolerate any error so long as reason is left free to combat it.
- Thomas Jefferson

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Centre for Philosophy, Technology and Society

Technology, Rage and the Unabomber

Rage Against the Machine by John S. Rhodes

Rage Against the Machine by Jef Allen

Technology and its dangerous effects on nature and human life as perceived in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and William Gibson's Neuromancer

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Before It's News | People Powered News

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The Return of the Luddites

There is a destiny at work here, but who's plan is it? I would rather attempt to control, modify, influence and reject, the technologies that are destructive. The Luddites were and the neo-Luddities ARE correct. But to conclude that this notion wants all technology to cease, is just false. This concept wants new developments to serve 'Man', but not control him.

SARTRE

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Kevin Kelly's Complexity Theory: The Politics and Ideology of Self-Organizing Systems by Steve Best and Douglas Kellner

The Structure Of Organized Change: A conversation with Kevin Kelly by Joe Flower

Will The Opposable Thumb Become The Appendix Of The Future? Kevin Kelly: Out of Control

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While modern technology has given people powerful new communication tools, it apparently can do nothing to alter the fact that many people have nothing useful to say.

- Leo Gomes

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CTHEORY

VELVET DONK

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Sawyer's new world

Genetic Engineering

Strategic Intelligence

Studies on Ethics in Science

Biotechnology & Reproduction

The Revolution in Military Affairs

The Impact of Information Technology: Learning, Living, and Loving in the Future by Tomas Lombardo

Bioethics vs. Human Dignity - Wesley Smith takes on the bioethicists by Gilbert Meilaender

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There are three roads to ruin; women, gambling and technicians. The most pleasant is with women, the quickest is with gambling, but the surest is with technicians.

- Georges Pompidou

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