Leonardo to the Internet:
Technology and Culture from the Renaissance to the Present
Thomas J. Misa
Chapter 10. The Question of Technology
"Science owes more to the steam engine than the steam engine owes to science."(*) Explain why this observation is important for science-policy makers and citizens today.
Compare technologies that had clear economic effects with ones that had stronger cultural or political effects.
Identify 2-3 technologies of European integration (chapters 8 and 10) and discuss their political and cultural effects on "Europe" and the world.
Were technologies of empire "neutral tools"(*)? How did these technologies change the colonized country . . . how did they change the imperialist countries?
Discuss Misa's concepts for technology and culture. Define and discuss each concept. Can you identify a good example that illustrates it?
Suggest YOUR OWN QUESTION about the "big picture" of technology and culture:
Discuss the contemporary challenges of [a] sustainability, [b] security, [c] privacy, or [d] poverty. Is it possible to identify a "technology-free" solution?
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