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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    Update on Global AI Regulations: With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility

    Recent months saw major advances in AI regulations, with the U.S. President’s executive order and the European Union’s AI Act set for enactment in 2024. With the technological power on display at the Geneva AI humanoid press conference, the world grapples with the challenge of balancing innovation and responsibility in AI.

  • Technology and Mental Wellbeing: Huge Challenges, and the Potential of a Bright Future for the Human Mind

    As the brain is essential to our survival, mental wellbeing deserves high ranking in our technological priorities. Threats to the brain’s functioning include heat and climate change, as well as online emotional triggers that polarize opinions and beliefs. When the threats are understood, technology holds great potential to advance the human mind.

  • What Are We Training AI to Do With Our Data? A TQR Investigative Report

    While AI continues to transform many aspects of human life, the widespread collection, use, and brokering of personal data, driven by advertising and machine learning, pose significant risks that include privacy, foreign influence, and bias. The extent of data collected, often without the user’s knowledge, highlights the need for ethical guidelines and regulatory measures in the development and use of AI.

  • Image of future astronaut discovering ancient records

    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.

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