the collection of skills, processes or methods used in the production of goods and services or the accomplishment of objectives.
Tecnhology in the 21st Century
No longer simply an imitation of nature, but an all encompassing, pervasive cultural and economic force that makes new demands of nature.
Progressive and Enlightenment View of Tech
Intrinsic link between technological advancement and human progression. Aims towards the prolongation of life, the restitution of youth, the retardation of age, the mitigation of pain.
when combined with strong, democratic institutions, technological developments can be profoundly empowering or emancipatory. As long as they are accompanied by a wider rights culture, the impact can be positive.
Right of a person to modify their body using available biotechnology
Right of a parent to enhance the life of their child through the use of genetic technology
Internet access is a human right
Chemical treatment of mental illness
Increased interconnectedness of social media
Dystopian view and bio-conservatism
technology is an inherently dehumanising force. industrial efficiency goes far beyond what is possible by human labour alone, and where human enhancement is fact. Tech isolates us and alienates us from our fellow humans. Encourages narcissism and the cult of perfection. Destroys the environment. The threat to the biological orer of things and the living world is both dangerous and immoral. Ignoring the needs of our own species.
Tecnology is an instrument. It is values neutral. We must look to the social context instead, and understand how technology can be put into bad and good use.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports a five-fold increase the number of children under 18 on psychostimulants from 1988-1994 to 2007–2010, with the most recent rate of 4.2 percent.
How many people on Facebook
1.13 billion daily active users on average for June 2016
Plastic surgery stats
Since 2000, overall procedures have risen 115 percent, but the types of procedures patients are choosing are changing.
“While more traditional facial procedures and breast augmentations are still among the most popular, we’re seeing much more diversity in the areas of the body patients are choosing to address,” said ASPS President David H. Song, MD, MBA, FACS. “Patients have more options than ever, and working closely with their surgeon, they’re able to focus on specific target areas of the body to achieve the look they desire.”