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Technology and Society, 3rd edition

  • Linda S. Hjorth
  • Barbara A. Eichler
  • Ahmed S. Khan
  • John A. Morello

Published by Pearson (January 30th 2007) - Copyright © 2008

3rd edition

Overview

KEY BENEFIT: Unique in its depth, breadth, and variety of opinions and writings, this anthology of scholarly and popular articles explores the positive, negative, ethical, and unethical issues faced by society as technology changes the world that we live in–on a personal, national, and international level. Using specific examples from the past and present (and hypothesized ones for the future), it exposes readers to the full breadth and depth of issues, showing the complexity that makes “solutions” not so simple. It encourages readers to think critically, analytically, and creatively about today's technological and sociological problems, and challenges them to contemplate solutions of their own. KEY TOPICS: Ethical theory, technological history, the depletion of energy resources, population growth, ecological changes, medical technologies, and third world development. MARKET: For anyone interested in the impact of technology on society.

Table of contents

Table of Contents

 

PART I: History of Technology

The Great Leap Forward

“George”

“The New George”

Sticks and Stones May Break my Bones. . . But Bronze and Iron Can Create a

            Civilization

The History of Energy

The History of Ecology

The History of Climatology

The History of Ethics

 

PART II: ETHICS AND TECHNOLOGY

Ethics

The Relationship Between Ethics and Technology

The Unanticipated Consequences of Technology

The Future of Food: An Introduction to the Ethical Issues in Genetically Modified Foods

Whistle-Blowing

Case Study 1: Roger Boisjoly, Chief Engineer at Morton Thiokol

Case Study 2: Nuclear Warriors

 

PART III: ENERGY

Fossil Fuel Fundamentals

Energy for a New Century

The Immortal Waste

The Hydrogen Experiment

Oil and Blood: The Way to Take Over the World

Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Economy

The Hydrogen Experiment

Biomass Energy

Solar Energy

Wind Power

Hydroelectric Power

The Electric Car Arrives–Again

Case Study 1: Chernobyl

Case Study 2: Tasman Spirit Oil Spill

 

PART IV: ECOLOGY

The Grim Payback of Greed

Climate Change

The Kyoto Protocol

Young at Risk: Dioxins and Other Hazardous Chemicals

Fisheries Exploiting the Ocean—What Will Be Left?

Air Poisons Around the World

Rain Forests May Offer New Miracle Drugs

Case Study 1: Buried Displeasure: Love Canal and One Person Who Made a Difference

Case Study 2: Europe’s Black Triangle Turns Green

 

PART V: POPULATION

Interpreting the Current Population Data

Putting the Bite on Planet Earth

Can the Growing Human Population Feed Itself?

A Ten-Year Progress Report of the 1994 International Conference on Pupulation and

            Development in Cairo: 1994-2004

World Birth Control Discussion Issues

Fertility Rates: The Decline Is Stalling

The Hazards of Youth

Earth’s Carrying Capacity: Not Quite So Easy When Applied to Humans

Case Study 1: Definitely Probably One: A Generation Comes of Age Under China’s

            One-Child Policy

Case Study 2: Japan’s Unpopular Pill–An Unrealized Battle Victory

 

PART VI: WAR, POLITICS AND TECHNOLOGY

More War in a Moment, But First, a Word from Our Sponsors

Tanks: The Evolution of Mechanized Warfare

Extreme Makeover: The New U.S. Army: Leaner, But Meaner?

The F-22: The Plane Even Congress Couldn’t Shoot Down

The Human Face of War

Case Study 1: Agent Orange

Case Study 2: The M-16 Rifle

 

PART VII: HEALTH AND TECHNOLOGY

Antibiotic Resistance

Making Well People “Better”

The Politics of Life and Death: Global Response to HIV and AIDS

Telemedicine: The Health System of Tomorrow

Case Study 1: Nadeem

Case Study 2: Ed

 

PART VIII TECHNOLOGY AND THE THIRD WORLD

One Planet: Many Worlds

Income Gap Widens

Poisoned Waters: Bangladesh Desperately Seeking Solutions

China’s Challenge to the United States and to the Earth

N30 WTO Showdown

Pakistan: Karachi’s Informal “Recycling Network”

The Digital Divide in Ecuador

Applications of Telecommunications Technologies in Distance Learning

Remember Rwanda?

Nam Theun Dam: The World Bank’s Watershed Decision

Case Study 1: Sri Lanka: Technology and Agriculture, Tractor Versus Buffalo

Case Study 2: The Asian Tsunami and Beyond

 

PART IX: TECHNOLOGY OF THE FUTURE

Creating the Future

Predictions: Technology of the New Century and the New Millennium

New Horizons of Information Technology

The Amazing Brain

In the Year 2025

Why the Future Doesn’t Need Us

Global Population Reduction: Confronting the Inevitable

Case Study 1: Emerging Technologies: New Demands for Students and Faculty

Case Study 2: The Development and Progress of the Ambitious UN 2000 Millennium

Project

 

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