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Introduction to Philosophy of Technology

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... As with every technology, robotics is an ambiguous tool that can be used in pos itive or negative ways with respect to the SDGs [31]. In this section, we do not focus on applications of robotics where the objective in itself is unethical, but more on the undesirable side effects of a potentially positive deployment. ...
... Various reasons lead to the phenomenon of "moral overload". The first is the restriction of objective laws, such as technological laws [13] and market laws [14]. Secondly, the external constraints, which refer to the constraints of "social resources" (e.g., economic, cultural, political and even the natural conditions incorporated into society). ...
... It has been shown that technology development is a result of comprehensive interactions between the technical inherent logic and external market forces. According to Chen (1999), a technology is originated from social demands and driven by some external factors, which push the technology to be developed; on the other hand, a technology has its internal mechanism to promote self-development; in other words, the technology is also the prime mover. Since the 1960s, there has been an increase of the research on the laws of technology development, in particular, at the following two aspects: ...
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Science and technology are the primary drivers of the nations’ economies. Advanced technologies play an irreplaceable role in modern societies, industrial enterprises and public services. Advanced science and technologies make it possible to integrate number of simple systems into a large‐scale complex system, where the behaviours of system components must be highly coordinated and collaborated to achieve optimized system performance of integrated systems. The perquisites of system coordination and collaboration are interoperability and standardization of system components. To meet these requirements, it is of great significance to clarify the interaction mechanism between technology standardization and technology development. In this paper, the characteristics of technology standardization and technology development at different stages are analysed; the synergistic relations between these two factors are elaborated with the consideration of external driving forces. Moreover, the electromagnetic field theory is applied to analogize the interactions and develop a new model for the representation of the dynamic mechanisms of technology standardization and technology development. The reasonableness of the analog of the interactions by the electromagnetic field has been illustrated through theoretical analysis and case studies. Finally, the directions of the study on technology standardization and technology development are discussed. Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
... It has been shown that technology development is a result of comprehensive interactions between the technical inherent logic and external market forces. According to Chen (1999), a technology is originated from social demands and driven by some external factors, which push the technology to be developed; on the other hand, a technology has its internal mechanism to promote self-development; in other words, the technology is also the prime mover. Since the 1960s, there has been an increase of the research on the laws of technology development, in particular, at the following two aspects: ...
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Development of technology systems plays important roles in enhancing the market competitiveness of enterprises and strengthening the scientific and technological competitiveness of a nation. This paper describes the mechanisms of technology standardization on technology development, and classified the mechanisms into two categories, that is, single technology links and technology systems. Most significantly, the induction model in the biology was extended to explore the interactions between two categories. The model was further combined with existing technology theories to reveals the effect of technology standardization on the development of relative technology in the same technology system. Some recommendations related to technology management were made based on the outcomes of our study. Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
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Commercial brain-computer interfaces raise interesting critical political-philosophical and artistic questions. Drawing on our research and experiences with the “Neuromatic Game Art” project, and using critical theory from philosophy of technology (Feenberg), among other theories, this paper examines the power relations involved in the use of commercial BCI and argues that BCI artworks simultaneously subvert and engage the hegemony narratives offered by the technological tools and their commercial environment.
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