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  • 1. “An Ugly Toll of Technology: Impatience and Forgetfulness” by Tara Parker-Pope
  • 2. Main claim: • Technology can become addictive and change human behavior for the worse.
  • 3. Evidence: • Expert opinions. • Academic studies. • Analogy .
  • 4. Analogy: technology abuse is like an eating disorder. • How is technology like food? • How is it different from food?
  • 5. Analogy: technology abuse is like an eating disorder. • What are the benefits of this analogy? • What are the limits of this analogy?
  • 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. Parker-Pope’s Conclusion • We must develop a healthy relationship with technology. • Uses student’s words to demonstrate our dependence on technology.
  • 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. Your conclusion #2 • How does your experience conflict with Parker-Pope’s account? • Write a few lines about this.
  • 10. Limits of Parker-Pope’s Argument • False analogy? • Hasty generalization?
  • 11. Getting Smarter By Jamais Cascio
  • 12. Main claim: • Humans survive by evolving in response to environmental changes.
  • 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. Contemporary situation • Entering period of likely environmental unstability: population growth, resource limits, illness, technological developments. • We will survive by getting smarter.
  • 15. Analogy • Changes today are similar to changes from 74,000 years ago. • What is true about this analogy? • What is false?
  • 16. Evidence • Analogy • Contemporary examples of technologies that make us smarter, organized from most to least believable: Twitter, drugs, artificial intelligence. • Expert opinion.
  • 17. Conclusion • The future will be “banal.” • To prepare for the future, we must understand how complex systems work.
  • 18. Your conclusion #1 • How does Cascio help you think about the role of technology in your life?
  • 19. Your conclusion #2 • In what ways does your experience conflict with Cascio’s argument? • Write a few lines about this.
  • 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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