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Definition of Technological determinism

Technological determinism Definition from Science & Technology Dictionaries & Glossaries
Web Dictionary of Cybernetics and Systems
The belief that technology develops (see development ) by its own laws, that it realizes its own potential, limited only by the material resources available, and must therefore be regarded as an autonomous (see autonomy ) system control ling and ultimately permeating all other subsystems of society. Evidence for the first proposition is largely taken from the natural history of technology, its progress ive character and the cooccurance of independent (see independence ) inventions. Evidence for the second proposition stems from the unwarranted generalization that everything that is invented is ultimately installed and ignores human playfulness, individual and collective interests and man's cognitive limitations. The conclusion is nevertheless supported by the fact that technology has indeed penetrated all spheres of human existence from interpersonal communication, to definitions of the quality of life in technological terms. (Krippendorff )
Technological determinism Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
English Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia
Technological determinism is a reductionist theory that presumes that a society's technology drives the development of its social structure and cultural values. The term is believed to have been coined by Thorstein Veblen (1857–1929), an American sociologist and economist. The most radical technological determinist in the United States in the 20th century was most likely Clarence Ayres who was a follower of Thorstein Veblen and John Dewey. William Ogburn was also known for his radical technological determinism.

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