Technology and Society: Building our Sociotechnical Future (Inside Technology)

By Deborah G. Johnson, Jameson M. Wetmore

Technological switch doesn't ensue in a vacuum; judgements approximately which applied sciences to strengthen, fund, industry, and use interact rules approximately values in addition to calculations of prices and advantages. This anthology makes a speciality of the interconnections of know-how, society, and values. It deals writings through specialists as diverse as Freeman Dyson, Laurence Lessig, Bruno Latour, and Judy Wajcman that may introduce readers to fresh brooding about know-how and supply them with conceptual instruments, a theoretical framework, and information to assist know how know-how shapes society and the way society shapes expertise. It deals readers a brand new standpoint on such present concerns as globalization, the stability among defense and privateness, environmental justice, and poverty within the constructing global. The cautious ordering of the decisions and the editors' introductions supply expertise and Society a coherence and move that's strange in anthologies. The publication is acceptable to be used in undergraduate classes in STS and different disciplines. the decisions start with predictions of the long run that diversity from forecasts of technological utopia to cautionary stories. those are by way of writings that discover the complexity of sociotechnical structures, proposing an image of the way expertise and society paintings in step, shaping and being formed by way of each other. ultimately, the e-book is going again to concerns of the longer term, discussing twenty-first-century demanding situations that come with nanotechnology, the position of voters in technological judgements, and the applied sciences of human enhancement.

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