Essays on Technology and Society

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Sadly, the study of the relationship of technology and society does not give rise to optimism.

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A New Medievalism

The problem with cutting-edge information technology is that it is not cutting-edge at all - it is basically medieval. The problem with that, in turn, is that it will produce a medieval society. If you think that this is good, you really don't know much about the middle ages.

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Makers' History

We live in a technological world - without it nearly 90 percent of the population would starve to death within a few weeks. Yet the History of Technology has failed us because it remains just history. It cannot really capture the real reasons that engineers and artisans - makers - actually make things. Without a new Makers' History of the technical world, we have no future.


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