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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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Hindsight, Foresight, Radical Suggestions, and a Grain of Hope

Hindsight, Foresight, Radical Suggestions, and a Grain of Hope

(p.285) 15 Hindsight, Foresight, Radical Suggestions, and a Grain of Hope
The Dark Side of Technology

Peter Townsend

Oxford University Press

This chapter differs greatly from the earlier ones which, without exception, offered factual data and reported the way people behave, and/or made advances in technology (together with negative, dark-side features). Here the aim is a very rapid overview of key thoughts that say that for survival there is a need to radically alter human behaviour. This is an extreme view, so the chapter includes ideas and speculation as to how to achieve it. In a book that has been indicating failings and disasters, it is essential to end on a more positive note. Indeed, there are some encouraging changes in attitude, but the message it conveys is that the education and changes need to be far more rapid, or humanity may become extinct in the moderately near future.

Keywords:   survival, attitudes, education

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