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					“How Society Shapes Technology”
        By Robert Pool




       By Sarah Bachman and Katherine Petta
         Who can impact technology?

• One hundred years ago
  technological development
  was embraced

• Today we seem to be more
  skeptical
  – Special interest groups /
    campaigns
How technology is developed
   • Large scale development
   • Hierarchical in nature
   • Group effort vs. individual

                          How important
                          is it that we
                          understand
                          the technology
                          we use every
                          day?
Society’s Pull on Technology
          • Popularity
            (demand)
          • Advertising
          • Funding
    What is the Nature of Human
            Knowledge?

• Positivism – accepts as knowledge only
  that which can be verified by the scientific
  method (objective / rational)

• Social construction theory – knowledge
  stems from the interpretations, beliefs and
  meanings shared by groups of people
  (subjective)

				
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