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Signature assignment 1

  1. 1. “An Ugly Toll of Technology: Impatience and Forgetfulness” by Tara Parker-Pope
  2. 2. Main claim: • Technology can become addictive and change human behavior for the worse.
  3. 3. Evidence: • Expert opinions. • Academic studies. • Analogy .
  4. 4. Analogy: technology abuse is like an eating disorder. • How is technology like food? • How is it different from food?
  5. 5. Analogy: technology abuse is like an eating disorder. • What are the benefits of this analogy? • What are the limits of this analogy?
  6. 6. Analogies • What else is technology like? • Create a list of other possible analogies that describe your relationship to technology, that describe the role of technology in your life. Is it like food? Like cigarettes? Like ……….?
  7. 7. Parker-Pope’s Conclusion • We must develop a healthy relationship with technology. • Uses student’s words to demonstrate our dependence on technology.
  8. 8. Your conclusion #1: • How does Parker-Pope help you think about the role of technology in your life? • Write a few lines about this.
  9. 9. Your conclusion #2 • How does your experience conflict with Parker-Pope’s account? • Write a few lines about this.
  10. 10. Limits of Parker-Pope’s Argument • False analogy? • Hasty generalization?
  11. 11. Getting Smarter By Jamais Cascio
  12. 12. Main claim: • Humans survive by evolving in response to environmental changes.
  13. 13. Historical Evidence • The volcanic eruption in Sumatra 74,000 years ago along with other envirnmental changes made the world less predictable. • Humans survived by “getting smarter” • William Calvin, neurophysicist.
  14. 14. Contemporary situation • Entering period of likely environmental unstability: population growth, resource limits, illness, technological developments. • We will survive by getting smarter.
  15. 15. Analogy • Changes today are similar to changes from 74,000 years ago. • What is true about this analogy? • What is false?
  16. 16. Evidence • Analogy • Contemporary examples of technologies that make us smarter, organized from most to least believable: Twitter, drugs, artificial intelligence. • Expert opinion.
  17. 17. Conclusion • The future will be “banal.” • To prepare for the future, we must understand how complex systems work.
  18. 18. Your conclusion #1 • How does Cascio help you think about the role of technology in your life?
  19. 19. Your conclusion #2 • In what ways does your experience conflict with Cascio’s argument? • Write a few lines about this.
  20. 20. Limits of Cascio’s argument • False analogy: Fails to recognize human role in creation of problems today, a factor that makes the current situation different from the situation of 74,000 years ago. • Reliance on human *intellectual* solutions to problems created, in many ways, by reliance on human intellect.

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