GKA TECHNO 2019 Madrid – 9th Congress on Technology, Science and Society

GKA TECHNO 2019 Madrid – 9th Congress on Technology, Science and Society


Welcome everyone to what is the ninth International Congress of Technology, Science and Society. This congress has a highlighted theme that we have entitled: When technology is the problem: techno-social innovations to favor social inclusion. Thank you. This conference is dedicated to the question of inclusive technologies and how to make technologies open, and responsive you might say, to the needs also of what as we just heard, it’s a kind of functional diversity, people requiring different functions in their interaction with technologies. Now this requires, of course, that we have a special attitude towards and a special relationship towards technologies. And that somehow this idea of a partnership with technologies, that kind of playing together participation in technological working orders, that all of that plays a role. I have always written about technology and politics, so one of the things that interests me is the ways in which the politics of my own country the United States of America especially, its claims to be democratic have repeatedly been undermined by technological changes for example the rise of political participation on social media, the presence of malware and evil algorithms on the net that really threaten the democratic politics of my home country. That’s one of the things I’m interested in. For me, technologies are systems of human actions, social actions, but above all, systems of human actions and therefore if one is a technophobe or against technology, it is against human action. I am a dominophobe, I am against the technologies of the domination of some human beings over others, but there are also technologies of emancipation and technologies of freedom and I am in favor of these.

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