The Emergence of Non Promethean Technologies: Towards a Global Democratic Technoscience
No doubt, modern technology traditionally possesses a more or less promethean character. In other words, it strongly desires to seek human security and happiness via domination and utilitarian control over nature. On the contrary, there is an increasing number of “post-modern” technologies which possess a more democratic and humane character – that is, a weaker, “apophatic character” (Nicos Mouzelis). The promethean type of technology (e.g. anti-pollution technologies) is linked to the modest goals of restoring natural balances and harmonies, as well as the Self-Nature relationship, against the Western classical power talk. Thus, the critical issue of the radical democratisation of technology constitutes the core of the technoscientific enterprise. This introduces local “social voices” at the central stage of decision-making processes, towards a humanitarian “citizen technoscience” (Irwin) where common grounds are persistently pursued through open, rational discourse and deliberation. In the last instance, the risks and potentialities of the rapid developments on biomedicine, genetics, nanotechnology and biotechnology cannot be fully grasped without thinking more globally. Therefore, more emphasis should be put on the global implications of science and technology as well as on the new alliances between technoscience, the public and the state, in order to effectively orientate the rapidly increasing volume of new knowledge towards societal and human betterment.
Keywords: Promethean Technology, Power, Citizenship, Global Democracy
Dr. Charalambos Tsekeris
Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Sciences and Technology, University of Peloponnese