There is no doubt that technology has influenced human life، Has the impact of technology on human life been examined from a philosophical point of view? (Particularly the impact of technological evolution on human lifestyle) For example, the widespread use of smartphones.

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    See Baudrillard on SEP "Henceforth, signs and codes proliferate and produce other signs and new sign machines in ever-expanding and spiraling cycles. Technology thus replaces capital in this story and semiurgy (interpreted by Baudrillard as proliferation of images, information, and signs) replaces production." His Simulacra and Simulation inspired the Matrix.
    – Conifold
    Nov 27, 2018 at 1:41
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    Here are some books/articles from Internet Archive: archive.org/details/HansJonasTowardAPhilosophyOfTechnology ; archive.org/details/… ; || and a real book wiley.com/en-us/… maybe you have read some of this already.
    – Gordon
    Mar 25, 2019 at 15:20
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    "Many students who come into my AP Calculus class place far too much faith in calculator results, blindly accepting results without questioning whether they’re correct or even reasonable. " by Mark Howell, Gonzaga College High School. I like this guy. What happened to the sliderule? I note you are an engineer and there are already warnings about blindly accepting digital results, but there is some loss of felt Reason with the loss of the analog.
    – Gordon
    Mar 25, 2019 at 15:46
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Heidegger was much concerned with this. A central text is : 'The Question Concerning Technology and Other Essays, ed., trans., William Lovitt (New York: Harper & Row, 1977).

David Edward Tabachnick has a useful article: 'Heidegger's Essentialist Responses to the Challenge of Technology', Canadian Journal of Political Science / Revue canadienne de science politique, Vol. 40, No. 2 (Jun., 2007), pp. 487-505: 492:

Heidegger called for the defiant recapturing of a pre-technological world through the destruction of the scientific establishment that he under stood to be an obstacle to "authentic being." He comes to the astonishing conclusion that:

From a metaphysical point of view, Russia and America are the same; the same dreary technological frenzy, the same unrestricted organization of the average man ... The spiritual decline of the earth is so far advanced that the nations are in danger of losing the last bit of spiritual energy that makes it possible to see the decline (taken in relation to the history of "being"), and to appraise it as such. (Heidegger, An Introduction to Metaphysics. Trans. Ralph Manheim. New Haven: Yale University Press: 37-8.

This gives only a sample dip into Heidegger's critique of technology but it may be a useful pointer.

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