21st Century Techno-Social Engineering
Draft submission for Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Technology, ed. Shannon Vallor, Oxford University Press, Forthcoming
27 Pages Posted: 25 Sep 2018
Date Written: September 3, 2018
This chapter makes the case that an essential research agenda for philosophers of technology is to analyze processes and practices of 21st century techno-social engineering by identifying slippery slope mechanisms—structures or patterns of technological development and technological use that make it hard for organizations, institutions, and society, in general, to alter commitments and course correct. Critically discussing these mechanisms can add much-needed nuance to debates about what might happen in the future if a particular present course of action is followed that involves technology. Emphasis is given to various creep mechanisms—including function creep, surveillance creep, and techno-social engineering creep—and debates surrounding facial recognition technology.
Keywords: techno-social engineering, slippery slope, surveillance capitalism, neo-liberalism, surveillance, surveillance creep, function creep, facial recognition technology, and educational technology
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