What role does technology play in our Society?
| The Process
Did you know that:
- About half of the Earth's 250,000 flowering plants exist in tropical
rain forests and these flowering plants contribute significantly to the production
of medications and food. International drug companies are focusing their
attentions on the rain forest and their potential to produce the next miracle
drug. What's happening in the rain forests of South America and
what role might we play?
- Alternative energy sources may offer solutions to the depletion of our
natural resources such as oil. Bioenery, geothermal, and solar are alternative
energy technologies. How do these alternative energy technologies work
and what role, if any will they play in our future?
- Scientists using advanced bio- technology have created cloned
animals. Some scientists want to clone human embryos to do research
that might develop treatments for conditions such as Parkinson's disease,
diabetes and spinal cord injuries. Others, including the President
of the United States want to ban cloning. What do you think and what
are the social and moral issues surrounding this topic?
Welcome. Your task is to examine
the role technology plays in our society. Consider the issues listed above
or decide on your own technology and society topic. (Your topic must be approved
by the instructor before you precede with your study).
- Use the resources listed below or any additional
resource you find on the class web site or on the internet and find 3 articles
pertaining to your topic.
EVALUATE AND WRITE A SUMMARY REPORT
- Read the research articles that you found
- Write a detailed summary of the articles. Start out by
telling us about the topic you choose and why you choose it. Then summarize
the most important points of the article. Finally, conclude how this
technological issue effects our society. What (if any) are the moral
issues? Summary should be one page double spaced.
Listed below you will find web sites that
contain articles or research information on the Technology and Society topics
that you will be studying and writing about.
Washington Post Online
SUNY Stony Brook Library
- Find related and current information pertaining to your topic.
You only need to find three articles. Use the tools we learned in class to
help you find the information you need.
- Read the articles. Make note of the most important issues
that the articles address. Think, how does this information related
to my topic and what are the social and moral issues surrounding this topic.
- Now sit down and tell me in written form what you read. Tell
me the name of the topic and why you choose it. Tell me the most important
issues that the articles brought forth. Finally, tell me how
you feel about your topic and describe the social and moral issues.
Your summary should be
well written. It should show me that you understood the main points of
the articles that you read. It must be word processed and be one page,
Technology is ever changing. As students of the new millennium,
it is our job to examine and perhaps resolve the conflicts that surround
the technological advances and future potential of technology that exists
in our world today. It's our job to reflect upon the impact it has
on the all the citizens of the world - economically, politically, and environmentally.
Are we up for the challenge.?
This page written by Marypat Taveras Feel
free to e-mail me with any questions.
Last updated date. 04/18/02
This page was adapted
from Bernie Dodge
by Tom March