“Researcher questions society’s adoption of technology without critical assessment”
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Isabel Pedersen is researching the issue of uncritical assumptions that new technology is always a good thing:
“….To that end, Pedersen is writing a book that explores this issue. Specifically, she is interested in the language that journalists and marketers use to describe – and justify the invention of – new technologies. One example is a wearable device that records everything a user sees and does, essentially creating a digital life. Driving the development of this technology is a belief that human memory is fallible, and therefore, inferior to a machine.
‘Humans were never meant to have perfect memories,’ she says. ‘A digital-memory device limits creative thought and our ability to ‘misremember’ things. These are basic human traits and they are being degraded.’…”
Certainly technology can be great, but I’m on boat with the skeptics and critics of this idea that “The more technology, the better.” At the end of the day, technology is suppose to help human beings enrich their lives. Once you start inventing things that damage the environment, erase the human element, dampen creativity, etc., you have found yourself on a path to self-destruction. I would even say that free-market economic theory that conceives of human beings as manipulable, disposable, replaceable objects has a certain amount of weight on how technology is produced and marketed. The whole idea is lacking in depth and perspective.