People and technology: Who's in control? What's in control? Or are we out of control, reaching a tipping point, approaching a singularity? This column and the next look to the past with an eye on the future. Technological Determinism: Where Do You Stand? I have shown audiences the slide reproduced in Figure 1 and asked them to raise a hand when I reach the position closest to theirs. Hard determinism argues that behavior is inevitably pushed in a particular direction when a technology is adopted; soft determinism describes a significant tendency for that to happen. How would you…
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