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Future Directions

Technology

Drafted by Geoffrey Bowker

At first blush it is surprising to see a separate category for technology in a series of discussion papers about producing graduates who are ‘maxime humanissimi’. However, technology is not the antonym of humanity: it has a lot to do with what makes us human: we are different people with computers than we were before them – our lives, memories, stories are arranged in new, rich ways. Technology enables us to seek God in new ways through new forms of sensing and being in the world. It also enables us to develop new modes of being in solidarity with those most in need, with geographical barriers being less important. However, it also works, many argue, to deskill and dehumanize us and to remove us ever further from close contact with our fellows. We are all being constantly tracked in our movements and our purchases, regimented to an ever expanding set of mood stabilizers, and we are as a society multiplying the machineries of death. The tension between technology for exploration, discovery, and social justice and technology for discipline and control is central to our times: the ‘contemplative in action’ is ideally situated to address the philosophical depth and political range of the new technologies we are putting into place.

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