Technological Determinism vs. Autonomous Technology: The Matrix

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I would like to begin with a simple matrix where, first, technological determinism is contrasted with autonomous technology and, second, technological optimism is contrasted with technological pessimism. When we overlap the two it appears that the two most powerful and influential matrix sections, out of the resulting four, come up with “optimistic technological determinism” and “pessimistic autonomous technology.” The easiest way to illustrate the former is to refer to the work of Jacques Ellul and Martin Heidegger. The latter is, of course, the basis of a commonly accepted mantra of modern technocratic societies. It is my intention to further inquire into the reasons why is technological determinism usually coupled with an optimistic attitude while autonomous technology usually invokes pessimism.

Keywords: Technological Determinism, Autonomous Technology, Optimism, Pessimism, Heidegger, Ellul, Technocracy
Stream: Knowledge and Technology
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Neb Kujundzic

Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy
University of Prince Edward Island

Charlottetown, PEI, Canada

I received my Ph.D. in Philosophy in 1995 from University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada and my MA in Philosophy in Philosophy from University of Sarajevo, Bosnia Herzegovina, Yugoslavia. I have been teaching Philosophy at the University of Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown, PEI, Canada since 1997. My interests are in Philosophy of Technology, Philosophy of Science, and Philosophy of Mind.

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