What important contemporary philosophers are engaged in a critique of technology, and how? I'm interested in reading the best of these, and an outline would help me decide who to read.

I'm asking because, given that there will be no world wars, and / or the status of communism, what the limits of technology should be, and what its effects are, seems to be the most pressing (Existing) problem for humanity.

  • I believe Stephen Hawkings is sounding the alarm on artificial intelligence, though I don't think he's really regarded as a philosopher. However, that might be a good lead. Also, are you familiar with the term "post-capitalism"? I guess that isn't really technology, but it might be another lead. Oct 13, 2017 at 23:57

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There's an entire subfield of Philosophy of Technology. For your specific question, you might be especially interested in the work of Langdon Winner and Shannon Vallor's new book Technology and the Virtues.

  • not a very inspiring or thorough answer, but thanks
    – user28660
    Oct 14, 2017 at 17:39
  • would work as a comment. as it stands you sound patronising, and given you've read the books you're recommending, unhelpful
    – user28660
    Oct 14, 2017 at 20:52
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    @user3293056: given that you've provided very little or no background in your question your two comments comes across as rather condescending. Oct 15, 2017 at 6:03
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    @user3293056: and what's wrong with recommending books that one has read? Would you prefer he had recommended books that he hasn't read? Oct 15, 2017 at 6:05
  • @MoziburUllah nothing wrong with any of it, i'm just saying that, whatever you think of @ Dan the answer is a little unhelpful. i mean, this isn't anything to do with what i think of @ Dan, only the question
    – user28660
    Oct 15, 2017 at 7:12

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