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The Dark Side of Technology

Peter Townsend


Technological progress comes with a dark side where good ideas and intentions produce undesirable results (extreme downsides include atomic and biological weapons). The many and various unexpected outcomes of technology span humorous to bizarre, to situations that threaten human survival. Development can be positive for some, but negative and isolating for others (e.g. older or poorer people). Progress is often transient, as faster electronics and computers dramatically shorten retention time of data, knowledge, and information loss (e.g. even photos may be unreadable within a generation). Pro ... More

Keywords: technology-driven vulnerability, information loss, cybercrime, population, weapons, essential planning

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198790532
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198790532.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Townsend, author
Emeritus Professor of Experimental Physics in Engineering, Sussex University, UK