LAS432 Politics of Technology

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LAS432 Politics of Technology
Freedom of speech and censorship, in light of the modern digital landscape, are important concepts to consider, especially given…

 

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LAS432 Politics of Technology

LAS432 Politics of Technology

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Freedom of speech and censorship, in light of the modern digital landscape, are important concepts to consider, especially given the dubious ways in which technology can be utilized sometimes. Superior expertise about how technologies work does not guarantee superior judgment about how they should be used, regulated, or governed. As technology becomes more sophisticated, how can citizens and political leaders judge and understand whether a given technology offers great perils or great promises? When great technological projects, such as venturing farther into the galaxy or developing new life-extending medicines, are proposed, how should government officials make decisions about how tax dollars should be spent? Can you provide some examples of what you have referred to as “sophisticated technologies”?

Political decisions can make a big difference on what technologies larger corporations pursue.  Just imagine if the government made a policy against fossil fuels 50 years ago, we would probably have more electric, solar, and other means of transportation.  What about wartime situations, “Government officials in the Second World War marshaled energy towards creating radar, nuclear weapons, rocketry, computing, and much more” (Hardy, 2010).  These technologies might have been invented or perfectly over time, but politics push them to the front.  Additionally, we need to look at larger corporations, and those supported by government contracts.  Would Lockheed Martin or Raytheon be as big as they are, or developed some of the items they did if it wasn’t for government support and direction?  Probably not, but they might have, we will never know for sure.  On the other side, there are smaller businesses that have great ideas, just no money, or political, or social, support, to develop their products.  We develop a lot of technology for military applications, which almost always is politically driven in one way or another.  If we go to war in a freezing cold climate, someone will develop better ways to cope with it, and the same goes for desert or woodland warfare.  We also develop technologies to lengthen our lives, which is always a huge debate.  The methods in which some of these technologies are developed are debatable at best, yet even those who argue how something is made, or how scientists test it, still use it.  Is it ethically, morally, or politically correct to use animals in the testing of technologies?  What about stem cell research, cloning, and more?…