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Our Technology Fetish

Part of the Philosophical Studies Series book series (PSSP,volume 143)

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We have a technology fetish. That is, we have an excessive and irrational devotion or commitment to new technologies. This fetish matters. New technologies are too often developed and accepted with little critical thought. After a discussion of the fetish it will be argued that it is not inevitable and that something should be done about it because of potential harms. Finally, suggestions are made for alleviating the potential for those harms. Monitoring and surveillance technologies and artificial intelligence are used to illustrate the argument.

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  • Technological determinism
  • A good life
  • Paradigm
  • Gestalt switch
  • Indigenous society
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Weckert, J. (2022). Our Technology Fetish. In: Lundgren, B., Nuñez Hernández, N.A. (eds) Philosophy of Computing. Philosophical Studies Series, vol 143. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-75267-5_8

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