Cultural visions of technology. Paradoxes of panoptic and interactive perspectives and methods

Lauge Baungaard Rasmussen

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    The essential premise of the human-centered technology paradigm was clearly formulated by Howard Rosenbrock in the 1970s: technology should enrich rather than impoverish people’s work and life conditions. The increasing influence of technology in modern societies has been seen by some as offering great promise for the future, but by others as creating the electronic surveillance and/or manipulation of human genes, minds and beliefs. This paper approaches technological worlds as cultural visions in order to discuss and reflect the paradoxical process of viewing technology as part of a hope for a more sustainable and human-centered future as well as part of an apocalypse of surveillance, violence and catastrophes.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalA I & Society
    Issue number2
    Pages (from-to)177-188
    Publication statusPublished - 2013


    • Interactive vision
    • Human-centered technology
    • Paradoxical process
    • Hope
    • Panoptical vision
    • Control technology
    • Apocalypse
    • Technology worlds

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