ERIC Number: ED234454
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Information Technologies as Vehicles of Evolution.
Technology contributes to the growth of human knowledge in five distinct, though overlapping, ways: (1) all technologies are material embodiments and thus more or less durable records of ideas that have survived some test with external reality; (2) telescopes, microscopes, and similar technologies extend external experience and knowledge to areas beyond human perception; (3) computers help people generate knowledge from otherwise overwhelming quantities of experiences; (4) the abstraction permitted by speech, writing, and similar media facilitate the evaluation and dissemination of knowledge; and (5) audiovisual media permit criticism and dissemination of relatively concrete representations of external reality. As the implementation of knowledge through technology significantly alters external reality, technology itself appears to play a decided role in our planet's evolutionary process. Neither human knowledge nor technology is free of unintended consequences, but they do inject an element of direction, deliberation, and planning into a naturally selective universe, which presumably previously had none. Through the expression of human knowledge in technology, the future of the universe lies in the human mind, and thus in the future technologies that assist it. (HOD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Knowledge Utilization
Note: Paper presented at the International Conference on Information Technology and Computers (New York NY, September 3-7, 1983).