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Technology in a crisis of confidence

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Abstract

The power that technological progress has given to engineers is examined to see if there has been a corresponding growth in human happiness. A credit/debit approach is discussed, whereby technological advancement is measured against the criteria of social good. The credit side includes medicine, agriculture, and energy use, while the debit side lists pollution, unequal distribution of technology and welfare, modern weaponry, resource depletion, and a possible decline in the quality of life. The present anti-technologists claim the debit side is now predominant, but the author challenges this position by examining the role of technology and the engineer in the society. He sees a need for renewed self-confidence and a sense of direction among engineers, but is generally optimistic that technology and civilization will continue to be intertwined. (DCK)
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Publication Date:
Apr 01, 1979
Product Type:
Journal Article
Reference Number:
EPA-06-002905; EDB-80-066091
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Bull. Inst. Eng. (India); (India); Journal Volume: 28:10; Other Information: Thirteenth Nidhu Bhushan Memorial Lecture
Subject:
29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY; TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT; SOCIO-ECONOMIC FACTORS; ENGINEERS; PUBLIC OPINION; QUALITY OF LIFE; TECHNOLOGY UTILIZATION; INSTITUTIONAL FACTORS; OCCUPATIONS; 290500* - Energy Planning & Policy- Research, Development, Demonstration, & Commercialization; 530100 - Environmental-Social Aspects of Energy Technologies- Social & Economic Studies- (-1989)
OSTI ID:
5492939
Research Organizations:
Univ. of Madras, India
Country of Origin:
India
Language:
English
Other Identifying Numbers:
Journal ID: CODEN: BEGIA
Submitting Site:
TIC
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Pages: 21-27
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Damodaran, G R. Technology in a crisis of confidence. India: N. p., 1979. Web.
Damodaran, G R. Technology in a crisis of confidence. India.
Damodaran, G R. 1979. "Technology in a crisis of confidence." India.
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title = {Technology in a crisis of confidence}
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abstractNote = {The power that technological progress has given to engineers is examined to see if there has been a corresponding growth in human happiness. A credit/debit approach is discussed, whereby technological advancement is measured against the criteria of social good. The credit side includes medicine, agriculture, and energy use, while the debit side lists pollution, unequal distribution of technology and welfare, modern weaponry, resource depletion, and a possible decline in the quality of life. The present anti-technologists claim the debit side is now predominant, but the author challenges this position by examining the role of technology and the engineer in the society. He sees a need for renewed self-confidence and a sense of direction among engineers, but is generally optimistic that technology and civilization will continue to be intertwined. (DCK)}
journal = {Bull. Inst. Eng. (India); (India)}
volume = {28:10}
journal type = {AC}
place = {India}
year = {1979}
month = {Apr}
}