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Technological trends

Author: Ayres, Robert U. INSEAD Area: Economics and Political ScienceIn: National Forum, vol. 74, no. 2, spring 1994 Language: EnglishDescription: p. 37-42.Type of document: INSEAD ArticleNote: Please ask the Library for this articleAbstract: Technology has been regarded by some social critics such as Lewis Mumford, Jacques Ellul, Theo Roszak, and E.F. Schumacher as an autonomous force that is essentially incompatible with "human" values. It was widely blamed in the 1960s for many of the ills of our society, from the spread of nuclear weapons to the decline of family values, not to mention environmental deterioration. On the other hand, technology gives us economic growth and took us to the moon. To a few ideologues of the right, like Herman Kahn and Julian Simon, it became a panacea - the ultimate resource and the answer to all problems, especially environmental ones
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Technology has been regarded by some social critics such as Lewis Mumford, Jacques Ellul, Theo Roszak, and E.F. Schumacher as an autonomous force that is essentially incompatible with "human" values. It was widely blamed in the 1960s for many of the ills of our society, from the spread of nuclear weapons to the decline of family values, not to mention environmental deterioration. On the other hand, technology gives us economic growth and took us to the moon. To a few ideologues of the right, like Herman Kahn and Julian Simon, it became a panacea - the ultimate resource and the answer to all problems, especially environmental ones

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