Technology's Empty Promise
By (author) Ernest Braun
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Futile Progress by Ernest Braun
Book DescriptionDo new innovations and products improve our lives? Has our relentless pursuit of technological progress eliminated the blight of poverty, of inequality, of discrimination, of crime, of war? Has the advance of technology increased our happiness and led us to fulfillment and social harmony? The ads would have us think so. But not all technological innovation is desirable, and the fastest rate of change is not necessarily the best. Futile Progress explores the multiple and far-reaching ways in which our society and our environment have been affected by technological change. It reveals how far unfettered 'advances' can be blamed for environmental damage, and analyses to what extent our unquestioning acceptance of new technologies has contributed to the social insecurity, inequality and dislocation evident today. In this original and thought provoking book, Ernest Braun argues for effective safeguards against these adverse effects of technologies beneficial to society receive public support. Only if the consequences of technological change are anticipated can technology be harnessed to work for common good.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781853832437
(234mm x 156mm x 25mm)
Imprint: Earthscan Ltd
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 28-Apr-1995
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Ernest Braun
Technology in Context, Hardback (March 1998)
Technology in Context is a complete introduction to the theory and methods of technology assessment as a tool of strategic management. It will be a useful book for all those interested in management and technology.
Out of the Crystal Maze, Hardback (May 1992)
Focuses on the field of solid-state physics - also referred to as condensed matter physics - which grew to maturity between 1920 and 1960. The history of some exciting developments is told here in an easy-to-follow text, accessible to general readers, while maintaining standards of high scholarship.
Revolution in Miniature, Paperback (October 1982)» View all books by Ernest Braun
A basic contribution to the discussion of semiconductor electronics, the major technology of our age.
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Author Biography - Ernest Braun
Ernest Braun was formerly the Head of the Technology Policy Unit and Professor of Physics at Aston University. He spent years in Vienna as Head of the Technology Assessment Unit of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, and is now an Emeritus Professor at Aston, and a Visiting Professor at the Centre for Technology Strategy at the Open University. Originally published in 1995.
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