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Instructors: Stefan Rodde &Adam Sopuck Date: 12/18/13 Class: Philosophy & the Sciences 1D03 Topic: Philosophy of Technology Technology Day 4 Contingent Social Products  It is within our culture o Velocipede (Boneshaker) (1860s) o Penny-Farthing (1870s) o Safety Bike (1880s) Technology Development  Why did the safety bike become the dominant paradigm? o Skolimowski: It was the more technically efficient o Sclove: Human beings made a choice about what a bike should be Winner—Artifact/ideas & political Culture  Technological impacts political issues o We ought to deliberate about it Fundamental Issues  In the modern technological society we are confronted by two sets of values o Social: freedom, equality, justice, community, etc. o Technological: efficiency, innovation, competitiveness, productivity, etc.  These sets of values are often incompatible  We need to decide which set of values ought to dominate when they conflict o For Winner Form of Life  Many technological artifacts/systems have become virtual members of our society o They help create regimes in which we operate o To what extent do people in these regimes enjoy freedom, equality, justice, etc. Artifact
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