Technology and Thinking: A Conflict

By Brian R. Hall.

Published by The Technology Collection

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This essay is a discussion of the relationship between technology and thinking. Technology is defined as information, communication and media technologies. Though philosophical in nature, this paper is written by a technologist for technologists in an effort to spur engaged thinking about technology, innovation and what it means to be human. Woven into the discussion are the issues of what technology is, happiness in relation to technology, and the conflict between intellect, innovation, frame and being. The argument is made that technology is a deintellectualizing surrogate. Though society may be happy with technology, both society and technologists need to be reminded to truly think.

Keywords: Techné, Technology, Being, Happiness, Thinking, Intellect, Deintellectualization, Human

International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 8, Issue 4, pp.119-128. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 307.403KB).

Dr. Brian R. Hall

Instructor, Division of Information Technology & Sciences, Champlain College, Burlington, VT, USA

Brian R. Hall is an Instructor in the Division of Information Technology & Sciences at Champlain College in Burlington, VT. He is also the founder and series editor of the ‘Technology & Pop Culture Series’ (www.technologyand.com). Brian’s research focus is in the interdisciplinary realm of technology, engineering, communication, culture, and history. Specifically, he is interested in information and communication theory, technology education, technology and being, technology and politics, digital ethics education, science and technology in popular culture, cultural and social literacy in technical business environments, history and nuances of technical cultures, and engineering innovation. Prior to transitioning into academia, Brian worked for ten years as a professional in the technology field, including a position as a Systems Engineer at Wolfram Research in Champaign, IL. He holds an A.A.S. in Computer Information Systems, a B.S. and M.S. in Information Technology, and is pursuing a doctorate in Information Systems and Communications.

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