Death by Technology
The Road to Hell Is Paved with Good Inventions
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About the Book
This book refutes the 21st-century zeitgeist that views advancing technology as an unambiguous social good, and examines the effects of this uncritical acceptance and dependence. It argues that technology has become the new religion for the digital age, and that elevating technology to the status of deity serves as a mechanism to allow for the denial of problems created by reliance upon machines. From the release of toxins into the environment to the unsustainable energy demands of the modern era, technological dependence and overreach are driving humanity to the brink of extinction. Despite these problems, existential issues such as artificial intelligence, and the proliferation of nuclear weapons, there is an unwavering belief in the ability of technology, particularly any device labeled “smart,” to create a perfect future while denying the history of unmet promises and unintended consequences of technological innovation.
In this book, the psychological underpinnings of these beliefs are explored from both a clinical and cognitive perspective. In addition, it critiques the social and economic forces that maintain our reliance on, or addiction to, technology, and examines the ethical and security issues associated with the control of advanced technology.
About the Author(s)
John R. Cook is an associate professor of clinical psychology at Georgia Gwinnett College in Lawrenceville, Georgia.
John R. Cook
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2020