Technological determinism is the philosophy that says a simple innovation sometimes causes massive shifts, unforeseen in culture and the external environment of civilization.

This belief raises a host of questions like, “can an individual truly shape history through one act; do the impacts, for good or bad, moralize a technology; through an act of technological creation shaping our world, is technology the end all be all of existence?”

Not long ago I asked whether technology was the disease or the cure. My philosophy and this deterministic one need a revision.

Technology is a tool. We can use tools well or poorly, but ultimately, we are a more primary actor in our lives than the tools we use. We do well to remember our own agency.

More to come…

Author: Ben Fridge

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