Talk about technology abounds; serious thought about technology can be harder to come by. One of the upshots of new technologies, if we accept the challenge, is that they lead us to look again at what we might have otherwise taken for granted or failed to notice altogether. New communication technologies encourage us to think again about the nature of human relationships. New medical technologies encourage us to think again about the nature of health. New transportation technologies encourage us to think again about the nature of place. And so on.
It is quite easy, too easy perhaps, not to think at all, simply to embrace and adopt new technology without thinking at all about its consequences. Or, what amounts to the same thing, it is just as easy to reject new technologies out of hand because they are new. In neither case would we be thinking at all.
The chief purpose of this blog is simple and straightforward: to help readers think about technological change and its consequences, especially its ethical and moral consequences.
Toward that end, here is a bit of what you can expect.
Posts that point to the best current writing about technology. These may be short notices with excerpts and links or longer, more developed interactions.
Posts pointing to the best older writing about technology in the same manner.
Book reviews of new and classic titles that explicitly take up questions of technology and ethics or otherwise contribute to our understanding of technology. Let us know if you would like to submit a book review.
Interviews with individuals whose insights and research help us apprehend and navigate the challenges and opportunities posed by new and existing technologies.
Original writing that draws on a variety of perspectives–historical, philosophical, sociological, literary, theological, economic, political, etc.–to inform our understanding of technology.
Read, comment, and pass along what you think deserves a wider audience.