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The Dark Side of Technology$
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Peter Townsend

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198790532

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198790532.001.0001

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Have We the Knowledge, Willpower, and Determination to Survive?

Have We the Knowledge, Willpower, and Determination to Survive?

(p.1) 1 Have We the Knowledge, Willpower, and Determination to Survive?
The Dark Side of Technology

Peter Townsend

Oxford University Press

Humans are an intelligent and aggressive species that uniquely use language and writing to pass experience and skills from one generation to the next. This has enabled technological advances as humans moved from caves to the modern world, from tribal groups to globalization dependence. Technology has been the keystone to progress in every aspect of life, from flint tools to metals, transport, and electronics. It underpins immense progress in agriculture, biology, and medicine. Whilst the positive results are hugely beneficial, side effects are potentially disastrous. Progress has destroyed many species, made irreversible changes to the environment, and developed a society that is totally dependent on technology. Human survival could easily be compromised by further demands, population expansion, and previously unimportant natural phenomena.

Keywords:   progress, technologies, globalization, survival

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