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Technological Determinism

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Are we using the internet to conduct too much of our lives? Are we unknowingly eroding our “real-world” relationships of genuine meaning by maintaining them on Facebook? Philosopher Luciano Floridi explains why blaming technology for intellectual and social laziness is misguided. The notion that our machines will inevitably usurp control from us ignores a crucial fact: humans are the designers of technology. So what kind of role do we want technology to play in our lives? How do we accomplish this through design?


This program is part of The Big Idea Series, made possible with support from the John Templeton Foundation.

Recorded June 2010; Posted September 2010

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