Studying technology and philosophy can lead to consideration of the ethics of using technology. Whilst technology can be used in an infinite number of good and useful ways, there are also lots of problems caused by using technology, and this is where philosophy comes in.
We can consider computer viruses and cyber-attacks to be an ethical issue arising from technology. There is also the issue of using technology to replace workers, especially those in developing nations. Related to this is the unequal access to technology worldwide – these are all philosophical issues which need to be considered when developing new technology.
Technology can also be seen as making the world somewhat more complicated – the relationship between humans and tech is a complicated one. Philosophy and technology have been connected for hundreds of years, but as we become more and more reliant on technology to go about our daily lives, it’s becoming more important to think about the philosophical problems associated with technology.
We can use philosophy to better understand why us humans create the technology we do. If we can use a philosophical approach to explain the impact of tech on humans, it can help us to better design tech to suit our requirements. So, it’s important to always use philosophy to question what we are doing with our tech and what we want it to do in the future. Games that can teach children how to use technology wisely is by far the next step in creating a healthy family dynamic.
Philosophy and science are strongly connected – philosophy may even be seen as the science of sciences. Science relies on using our world-view and using the skill of theoretical thinking – which originates from philosophy. Therefore we can see how philosophy and tech have been interlinked for hundreds of years, and will remain connected for centuries to come.