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Welcome!

Welcome to The Technological Citizen!

This site is a collection of essays I’ve written, as well as essays by other philosophers, ethicists, and writers that I’ve featured, on ethical and philosophical issues in modern technology.  It ran from 2009 to 2010.

The purpose of the site is to promote awareness, dialogue, and reflection about the ways in which technology is reshaping the human experience, and how these changes can be considered through a more meditative, philosophical and ethical framework.  There are currently 22 articles, which you can view either by scrolling down or by clicking here to view the site index page.

Topics on the site include the ethics of cognitive enhancementthe implications of fMRI brain scans on our conceptions of free will, the ways in which the Internet is changing the way we read,  ethical perspectives on Ray Kurzweil’s Singularity, and the changing face of ethics as a result of environment-shifting technologies, to name a few.

If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail me at TheTechnologicalCitizen@gmail.com.  Thanks!

The Technological Citizen and The Dragonfly Effect, Out Now

Hi everyone, please be sure to check out The Dragonfly Effect: Quick, Effective and Powerful Ways to Use Social Media to Drive Social Change, available on Amazon now and in stores.  I contributed to the book as a writer and also helped design, create, and write content for their website, http://www.dragonflyeffect.com/.

The Dragonfly Effect explores ways that people can use social media like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube for social good.  It chronicles the powerful stories of organizations like Kiva.org and Alex’s Lemonade’s Stand and isolates the key features of successful social media campaigns to provide insight into the ways in which we can all use social media to make positive changes in the world. It was written by Professor of Marketing at Stanford Business School Jennifer Aaker and social media consultant Andy Smith.

Check out more resources from the book on the Dragonfly Facebook page here.

Site Index

To see all the articles from the first year of the blog, just scroll down, or check out the Site Index.  Thanks!

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Food For Thought: The Power of Social Technology

question mark“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” -Anne Frank

News

The Technological Citizen was featured on the blog Moral Machines:

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Moral Machines is a blog on the theory and development of artificial moral agents and computational ethics, maintained by Wendell Wallach from Yale University’s Center for Bioethics and Colin Allen, Professor of History and Philosophy of Science at Indiana University.  Be sure to check it out!

Food For Thought: Cognitive Stimulants

question mark“If we have a tradition it is this: Everything can always be done faster and better.” – Henry Ford

Food For Thought: The Singularity and Transhumanism

question mark“Man…is not designed to remain in his present biologic state any more than a tadpole is designed to remain a tadpole.” – William S. Burroughs

“The more we learn about what we are, the more options we will discern about what to try to become. Americans have long honored the “self-made man,” but now that we are actually learning enough to be able to remake ourselves into something new, many flinch. Many would apparently rather bumble around with their eyes closed, trusting in tradition, than look around to see what’s about to happen. Yes, it is unnerving; yes, it can be scary. After all, there are entirely new mistakes we are now empowered to make for the first time. But it’s the beginning of a great new adventure for our knowing species. And it’s much more exciting, as well as safer, if we open our eyes.” – Daniel Dennett

Food For Thought: Technology, The Environment, and Deep Ecology

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“An object of an entirely new order – no less than the whole biosphere of the planet—has been added to what we must be responsible for because of our power over it.” -Hans Jonas

“It will certainly not be easy to awaken in people a new sense of responsibility for the world, an ability to conduct themselves as if they were to live on this earth forever, and to be held answerable for its condition one day.” -Vaclav Havel

“The Empathic Civilization is emerging. A younger generation is fast extending its empathic embrace beyond religious affiliations and national identification to include the whole of humanity and the vast project of life that envelops the Earth. But our rush to universal empathic connectivity is running up against a rapidly accelerating entropic juggernaut in the form of climate change. Can we reach biosphere consciousness and global empathy in time to avert planetary collapse?” -Jeremy Rifkin

Deep Ecology:

“A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability and beauty of the biotic community.” –Leopold’s Land Ethic

“The indescribable innocence and beneficence of Nature, — of sun, and wind, and rain, of summer and winter, — such health, such cheer, they afford for ever!  And such sympathy have they ever with our race, that all Nature would be affected, and the sun’s brightness fade, and the winds would sigh humanely, and the clouds rains tears, and the woods shed their leaves and put mourning in midsummer, if any man should ever for a just cause grieve.  Shall I not have intelligence with the earth?  Am I not partly leaves and vegetable mould myself?” -Henry David Thoreau, Walden

Food For Thought: The Solar Decathlon and Building Greener Homes

question mark“It is now abundantly clear that we have at our fingertips all of the tools we need to solve the climate crisis. The only missing ingredient is collective will.”

-Former Vice President Al Gore.  Read more here.

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