Generally speaking, technology is seen as a means to an end, or as a tool to do something that is not otherwise possible. However, philosophers have asked that the development of technology be made more democratic.
Philosophers have pleaded for a democratization of technological development
During the late 19th century, the philosophical discussion of technology was dominated by the so-called critical attitude. This was a combination of social sciences and humanities. This is best illustrated by the book Erewhon, which was written in a fictional country where machines were banned. Although Erewhon’s premise was that machines will one day rule the world, its main thrust was that the technology to accomplish this feat was in the future tense.
In the twentieth century, the ethics of technology grew into a specialized subdiscipline of philosophy. Some of these approaches are inspired by the latest in discourse ethics, while others are influenced by pragmatism.
Technology imitates nature
Despite its historical relevance, the concept of technology imitating nature has received a lot of criticism from evolutionists. They argue that human beings are at the top of the evolutionary ladder. They also claim that animals can imitate nature. This view is based on the idea that nature is in danger of becoming extinct.
But in fact, many scientists are working together to create materials for human use by imitating nature. These innovations are opening up new horizons for mankind. The idea of technology imitating nature dates back to Ancient Greece. It is a common practice to imitate nature in order to accelerate scientific research. In fact, this practice was one of the first concepts taught in Hippocrates’ medical school.
Ethics of technology
Throughout the twentieth century, philosophers and others have explored the ethics of technology. They have focused on different philosophical perspectives on the relationship between human beings and technology. They have examined issues such as the ethical responsibility of engineers, professionals and medical personnel, and students’ behavior related to technology.
Technology has changed the way information is gathered and shared. It has also enabled new forms of human action. This has led to new forms of ethical issues.
New technologies are being developed to solve some of the world’s most pressing problems. While many of these new technologies have not yet been introduced into the market, they are expected to create significant economic value. Consequently, ethical assessment of these technologies is necessary before they are widely introduced.