Scout: Exploring the Social Implications of Technology
Berit Anderson
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Of all the hyperbole in this post, the one word I especially tripped over was “unprecedented.” Many academic fields have been making hay by carefully considering the social implications of technology for at least two thousand years. Certainly you are right that the spark to monetize it has a more recent origin. So, while you’re looking at the social implications of technology, you might also want to spend a few processing cycles considering the implications of treating all human endeavor as leading towards a business startup.

I had a friend years ago (before the Internet) who suggested a new teleology that came down to the claim that all human history occurs in order to provide content for made-for-TV movies. That probably needs to be updated to replace ‘made-for-TV movie’ with ‘high-tech startup’.

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