Technology and Culture

Over the Thanksgiving holidays, I had a brief chance to finish my reading of Thomas P. Hughes' Human-Build World.

The last chapter, "Creating an Ecotechnological Environment," brings it all together. In it, Hughes argues that people in the industrial world (in particular the U.S.) have primarily focused on the use of technology to produce consumer and military goods instead of grasping its transformative power to create an aesthetically and ecologically sound environment for life. He notes that only public participation and education in parallel with a more cautious attitude among engineers and industrialists can bridge the gap between the practice of technology and socially sound choices.

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