ERIC Number: ED220946
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: N/A
Technology and Humanism--Are They Compatible?
Friedman, Edward A.
Fears that the development of technology will lead to a rejection of humanistic values have prompted a number of critics to inveigh against further technological change. This document considers the differences between scientific investigation, which often occurs in the humanistic environment of the university, and technological "action," which frequently takes place in isolated technical institutes. The paper comments on the social role of technology, its ethically neutral character, and the distinction between the mindless creation of gadgets for its own sake and the application of technology to significant human problems. The author admits that technology can be poorly used and that technological development can divert resources from other concerns, but argues that with proper attention and care technology can increase the quality of life in many ways without detracting from it in others. (PGD)
Descriptors: Anxiety, Educational Technology, Fear, Humanism, Negative Attitudes, Social Change, Social Values, Technological Advancement
Not available separately; see EA 014 833.
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Technology and Education: Policy, Implementation, Evaluation. Proceedings of the National Conference on Technology and Education (January 26-28, 1981). For related documents, see EA 014 833.