Two internationally acclaimed artists now showing at FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology), as part of the Liverpool Biennial 06, 16 September – 26 November, are amongst the first to have benefited form new High Definition production equipment which is now available for hire. If one follows Joseph Pitt in his book Thinking about technology (2000) and defines technology broadly as ‘humanity at work’, then to distinguish between technological action and action in general becomes difficult, and the study of technological action must absorb all descriptive and normative theories of action, including the theory of practical rationality, and much of theoretical economics in its wake.
Throughout the chapter Nye provides examples of dangers and protections technology has provided us. He ends the chapter by saying, Paradoxically, advanced technologies can make us safer, but to do so they unavoidably expose us to dangers”(Nye, 2007, p.184).
Perhaps what is most important are the common benefits afforded by these technologies, including: increased information capabilities; miniaturization of systems; new materials resulting from new science at miniature dimensional scales; and increased functionality and autonomy for systems.
In this, these philosophers are almost all openly critical of technology: all things considered, they tend to have a negative judgment of the way technology has affected human society and culture, or at least they single out for consideration the negative effects of technology on human society and culture.
Quite right, and for a more detailed and critical discussion of how earlier scholars, historians, and intellectuals have defined or thought about the term technology,” you’ll want to check out Michael’s other recent essay, What Are We Talking About When We Talk About Technology ?” which preceded the one cited above.