Frankenstein’s Monster: The Downsides of Technology

By Peter B. Heller.

Published by The Technology Collection

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This paper is a cautionary tale about the negative or unintended consequences of technology in its various forms, about how it has affected our lives positively, but also its inherent dangers and downsides. In an age when technology, the organization of knowledge for practical purposes, has assumed the magnitude of a fetish, it is appropriate to be reminded that whether the subject is machinedriven manufacturing technology as in the old days or more currently Information Technology as in the new service-dominated economy based primarily on ideas and skills, the aphorism of “no gain without pain” still applies. Yet, because of the modern love affair with technology, the pain part of the equation is often lost in the shuffle, especially as it is frequently long term and thus not immediately self-evident or intentional (Tenner, 1996).

Keywords: Technology

The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 6, Issue 3, pp.121-132. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 640.067KB).

Peter B. Heller

Professor of Government and Politics, Depart of Government and Politics, Manhattan College, Riverdale, New York, USA

Peter B. Heller, Ph.D., is a Professor of Government at Manhattan College, Riverdale, New York, USA, and teaches a Technology and Society course to engineering and arts students at his institution. His previous major work in this field was the book Technology Transfer and Human Values: Concepts, Applications, Cases (University Press of America, 1985). His diversified interests include that in social dynamics as they relate to technology.


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