Philosophy of Technology

Technology, in its broadest sense, means “the way we do things”  – which can be manual, mechanical, and electronic.  What does the way we do things say about the evolution of knowledge, and of our perspectives and priorities, over time?  Does our technology reveal the mindset of its inventors, and those who use it?

Technology is the product of human knowledge, applied to a particular purpose.  The applications of our technology change over time, but why do they change and what are the causes of our inventions?  Are there times when we adapt to our technology, and other times when our technology adapts to us?  Who – or what – determines the future course of the way we do things, and how do the rest of us have a say in the matter?  Join in this ongoing dialogue as we explore the frontiers of technology from the combined perspectives of its developers and its users.

Latest Philosophy of Technology

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    Ancient Civilizations of The Future: Could Technologies for Preserving Individual Memories Define Us In a Million Years?

    As AI becomes ingrained in our lives, we’re compelled to question whether it has the power to supersede our very agency, influencing our decisions, choices, behaviour, and the very fabric of our memories—the vital threads that guide us through life.

  • We Are All Citizen Scientists

    Defending Earth against asteroid strikes is a public priority that will require global mobilization of citizen scientists led by organizations like the B612 Foundation. Co-founder and Apollo 9 astronaut Rusty Schweickart helped prove, in 1969, how much progress is possible in a short seven years with citizen contributions to the Moon landing effort launched by President Kennedy in 1962.

  • Saving the Planet: Nobel Prize Recognizes Climate Science, but Will Mindsets Change in Time to Sustain Nature’s Potential and Value?

    The scientific research on climate change is robust and presents alarming perspectives for the survival of our species. Several international organizations have been making efforts to encourage a change in our approach toward climate change. While countries have been slower than expected in taking action, there is optimism with the upcoming COP28 meeting.

  • Minding the Future: The State of Global AI Regulations

    Since receiving citizenship from Saudi Arabia in 2017, for over five years Sophia has been the world’s first-ever robot citizen. As the technology of humanoid machines and AI advances, so must our legislation and perhaps even our ethical reasoning. We survey the latest developments in global AI regulations.

  • What’s In the Middle of Black Holes, and Why Do We Care?

    Technology has now taken us to the boundary of the black hole at the centre of the Milky Way, where space and time end. Will it lead to new discoveries in quantum mechanics? And if we find what lies beyond, how would that change our understanding of cause and effect in time?

  • Quantum Security: How Much Time Will We Have to Conquer a Cryptography Crisis?

    There is increasing urgency to develop new cryptography standards, as the power of the quantum computer threatens to expose sensitive private information and critical secrets. Governments, academia, and industry are launching initiatives – but will they produce a standard in time for the quantum computing revolution?

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