Senior Project: 100 Sample Technology Driving Questions

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        Senior Project: 100 Sample Technology-based Driving Questions
                                               2011-2012

Good Driving Questions

   are provocative;
   are open-ended, not close-ended;
   lead to argumentative claims/essays/presentations;
   are challenging; and
   are more specific than they are vague.

Sample Driving Questions:

1. Can technology impact human evolution?
2. How is technology impacting human literacy?
3. Is technology bringing human beings closer together or driving them further apart?
4. Will technology lead to a loss of privacy?
5. How has the experience in “virtuality” impacted the human ability to construct reality?
6. Can Local Area Networks be used to organize communities?
7. Have computers changed the way humans learn?
8. Are cyborgs among us, and, if so, how are they shaping human behavior?
9. Will computers ever eclipse human thinking?
10. Will technology change our notion of what is human?
11. How has technology changed our ability to think critically?
12. Do cell phones do more good than harm?
13. How does unmediated communication impact what and how students learn?
14. Has technology usurped the power to transmit culture?
15. Has technology made us more or less free?
16. What is post human and what does that look like in the 21st century?
17. What are the ethical questions in biotechnology?
18. Is technology moving us closer to a police state?
19. Will technology make human work obsolete?
20. Should content on the Internet be censored?
21. Should internet addiction be classified as a mental illness?
22. Is present public policy sufficient to adjudicate issues that arrive out of internet life?
23. How is technology changing and shaping gender roles?
24. Do cell phones cause cancer?
25. Do we need cloning and can it be useful?
26. Is the internet a safe place?
27. Should internet pornography be considered as a form of free speech protected by the
    constitution?
28. Should the internet be under government control?
29. Is the internet making us consume more?
30. Can computer voting prevent voting fraud?
31. How has social networking and cell phones impacted the committing of crimes?
32. Should teachers allow students to use cell phones?
33. Are “eyes in the sky” effective crime fighting tools?
34. Does technology in the form of multimedia contribute to the eroding of African American
    social values?
35. How is technology impacting our language?
36. Is technology changing our concepts of literacy?
37. Should all technical knowledge be utilized?
38. Should/can “intellectual property” be protected in the information age
39. Are virtual relationships redefining what is human?
40. Is the omnipresence of information challenging our ability to socialize our children in
    culturally specific ways?
41. Are the internet and the information age a forces to challenge America’s economic
    dominance?
42. What impact does the cyber age have on the “Avatarization” of our relationships?
43. Will virtual living supplant “real time” living?
44. Is “Second Life” the future of life?
45. Is technology “dehumanizing”?
46. Are there spheres in which technology has no place?
47. Are there limits to what technology can do to improve human life?
48. Will technology guide human values or will human values guide technology?
49. Will there be an APP for thinking?
50. Does technology have a role in expanding human potential?
51. Is biotechnology ethical? Just because we can, should we do?
52. Does human cloning have a place in contemporary human life?
53. Is Technology the new Devil?
54. Are we driving technology or is technology driving us?
55. Is American falling behind technologically?
56. Does an open society produce better technology than centralized society?
57. Can technology solve the Global Warming problem?
58. Does technology produce a loss in intimacy?
59. Has technology contributed to obesity and other health problems?
60. Has technology created or reduced the amount of waste in the global society?
61. Has food technology contributed to the amount of health problems in modern society?
62. Can technology stop the aging process?
63. Is there a relationship between technology and some forms of cancer?
64. Are the dangers associated with the use of DNA technology?
65. Is the world in which we live more dangerous or is modern instantaneous enhanced
    technological communication about that world making us feel more fearful and vulnerable?
66. Has the so called “humane” technology for putting people to death desensitized us to acts of
    taking human life?
67. Will technology make human work disappear?
68. Has technology played a role in realigning the American economy and putting millions of
    people out of work?
69. Are steroids a biotechnology to increase human performance or is it cheating?
70. Is colonizing our solar system worthy use of our technological “no how”?
71. Does technology play a role in the human co-modification process?
72. Can technology solve the world hunger problem?
73. Can hydro farming and other such none soil based technologies be used to address the “food
    desert” problems inner cities?
74. Will technology take us farther away from nature or bringing us closer to it?
75. Is technology destroying the arts or is it creating new ones and new opportunities to do art?
76. Has our reliance on science and technology damaged our ability to create societies that are
    human centered?
77. Is technology destroying our ability to imagine or does it facilitate increase capacity to
    imagine?
78. Should the internet have more controls or remain open for all?
79. Should business have its own internet?
80. Should there be different and lower prices for business to use the internet and should the
    public and business have the same prices.
81. Is technology more of problem or a solution for modern society?
82. Is technology changing the trajectory of human evolution?
83. Will humans be able to control their own evolution with the use of technology?
84. What impact is technology having on America’s tradition of racism and bigotry?
85. Is the right to privacy eroding with technology?
86. Will biotechnology and genetic engineering conflict with the natural mandates of human
    development?
87. Will technology bring into question “what is natural”?
88. Will technology interfere with our ability to relate in a proximal mode?
89. Is technology shaping our sense of time?
90. Does technology challenge the precepts of religion and interfere with human notions of
    cosmology?
91. Can technology make it possible for us to live “forever”?
92. What impact is technology having on our democracy?
93. Does technology blur the lines between art and science?
94. Is there a role for technology to play in managing and supporting human population growth?
95. Is technology changing human physiology?
96. Has technology change the notion of money and human trade and exchange?
97. What is the logical conclusion to a society that no longer does physical work that will emerge
    as a function of technological innovation?
98. Will technology usher in an age of leisure?
99. Do the controlling dimensions of technology predispose us to self-bondage and self-
    enslavement?
100. Is there right age to introduce children to computer technology?

				
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