Technology, Society, and Survival

  • Erik W. AslaksenEmail author
Part of the Philosophy of Engineering and Technology book series (POET, volume 31)


Society is presented as a complex, dynamic system, whose evolution is determined by the collective intelligence formed by the interaction of its members. It is this continuous, collective evaluation process that limits the extent of fluctuations, in the form of oppression, wars, and genocide, which can be seen as failures of the collective intelligence. As a consequence, the ability of individuals to exchange information and to exercise their intelligence by taking adaptive, goal-oriented action, becomes the central characteristic of the Good Society. Developments in information technology are increasingly influencing this ability, both positively and negatively, but the main concern is with the control of these applications of technology. The concentration of wealth and associated power in a small section of society, sometimes identified as the Transnational Capitalist Class, and its control over the flow of information, is a threat to democracy and to the stability of the evolution of society.


Evolution of society Understanding of technology Collective intelligence Concentration of wealth and power Stability of evolution 


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  1. 1.Gumbooya Pty LtdAllambie HeightsAustralia

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