Re: Social change "lagging behind" tech

Kathryn Aegis (
Tue, 28 Jan 1997 19:34:38 +0000

Steve Witham:

>Oh come on, folks, that old Star Trek nonsense? I always wonder what
>god-like measuring sticks are being used here. Exactly how fast IS
>social change supposed to go, and in what direction? Is society's job
>to ADAPT TO technology, to KEEP PACE!?

I think that the original point being debated was far too narrow to
accomodate your questions. And no one was prescribing any particular
direction society should 'go' in regards to technology. Insofar as
the broader question of the intersection between technology and
social change, many new books appeared last year addressing the
economic/political aspects, including Bill Gates' _The Road Ahead_,
Stephen Talbott's _The Future Does Not Compute_, Negroponte's _Being
Digital_, Clifford Stoll's _Silicon Snake Oil_, etc.


Kathryn Aegis