Impacts of Technology

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Explain that decisions about the use of technology involve trade-offs
between positive and negative effects.
Cite instances where ethical considerations have impacted the
development, selection, and use of technologies.
Justify the contention that individual citizens have to make informed
decisions about the development and use of technology
Explain that humans devise technologies to reduce the negative
consequences of other technologies.
Analyze the relationship between technological processes and natural
processes.
Identify and describe instances where societal opinions and demands or
corporate interests have influenced the decision to develop a technology.
Explain that a number of different factors, such as advertising, the strength
of the economy, the goals of the company, and the latest fads contribute to
shaping the design of and demand for various technologies.
Explain that new technologies create new processes.
Analyze how different cultures develop their own technologies to satisfy
their individual and shared needs, wants, and values.
Defend and rationalize the development and use of a proposed
technology.
Knowledge of the history of technology
helps people understand the world
around them by seeing how people of
all times and places have increased
their capability by using their unique
skills to innovate, improvise and
invent.
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Decisions about the use of technology involve
trade-offs between positive and negative effects.
Ethical
considerations have
impacted the
development,
selection, and use of
technologies.
•Ford had a design which would decrease the possibility of the
Ford Pinto from exploding in fire when hit from behind.
•The cost would have been $11 per car to fix the problem.
•Ford determined it would cost $137 million to fix the problem,
compared to $49.5 million in law suits due to deaths, injuries, and
car damages.
•Ford felt justified not implementing the design change.
•180 people died in fiery crashes.
What were the
impacts on the
people that first used
Nuclear Power?
Economic
Social
Bikini Atoll Nuclear test
Nuclear Power
Political
Cultural
• In small groups, develop a chart
listing the impacts of a technological
advancement on modern life.
• Include:
– Social, Cultural, Economic and
Political impacts
– Trade-offs
1. Electrification
2. Automobile
3. Airplane
4. Water Supply and Distribution
5. Electronics
6. Radio and Television
7. Agricultural Mechanization
8. Computers
9. Telephone
10.Spacecraft
11.Highways
12.Internet
13.3D Imaging (CAT Scans)
14.Household Appliances
• Individual citizens have to make informed
decisions about the development and use
of technology
• The value of a technology will differ from
time to time and people to people.
– The slide rule was once an important tool used
to help solve complex mathematical problems.
•A number of different factors:
•such as advertising
•the strength of the economy
•the goals of the company
•the latest fads
•demand for various
technologies

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