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What is technology v2

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What is technology v2

  1. 1. What is technology?
  2. 2. This talk is based on writing and thinking from Marc de Vries, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Delft, University of Technology. The primary source is: Teaching about Technology (2005).
  3. 3. Ideas about how to value technology As artefacts As knowledge As processes As volition
  4. 4. Technology as artefacts
  5. 5. As artefacts:
  6. 6. Technology as knowledge
  7. 7. As knowledge • What is knowledge? • ‘… a person knows that p when: • The person believes that p; • The person has found justification for p; • P is true. ‘ (de Vries 2005, p.30) [P stands for proposition]
  8. 8. What is technology knowledge?
  9. 9. Taxonomy of technology knowledge 1. Knowledge of the physical nature of the artefact 2. Knowledge of its functional properties 3. Knowledge of the relationship between the functional nature and the physical nature 4. Knowledge of the processes that are involved in the functioning or in the making of the artefact (de Vries 2005, p.36)
  10. 10. Technology as process
  11. 11. As processes Three aspects: 1. Design 2. Making 3. Using and assessing processes
  12. 12. As design process (1) • Flow chart • One process? • Undetermined problems: ‘wicked’ problems • Observation • Reflection • Not static but dynamic
  13. 13. As design process (2) Experience based technologies Micro-technologies Macro based technologies
  14. 14. As making process
  15. 15. Using & assessing processes beliefs reasoning Possible worlds memory Counter-factuals modelling intentions goals predicting What if…?
  16. 16. Technology as volition
  17. 17. As volition
  18. 18. Extension of us or an intermediary?
  19. 19. Solution?
  20. 20. Solution?
  21. 21. Controlling technology or being controlled by technology? • Bioengineering • Ambient technology • Nanotechnologies
  22. 22. Consequences for D&T?

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