Comment 36579

By Keith Mann (registered) - website | Posted December 25, 2009 at 10:32:49

Hang on now, Grassroots. There's certainly nothing wrong with questioning things, but technology itself is not good or bad; the people who employ it are, as indicated by uses to which they put it.

Yes, many technologies are developed to meet military needs. This should not be surprising; military needs are often urgent (at least in the eyes of the state), and so receive great resources. Regardless, those needs are often directly analagous to non-military needs; less crucial needs, with less resources, but needs nevertheless which are met by the application of the technology developed to meet the military need. Is the technology then "bad" because the need to which it was first applied was military? Does it become "good" when it meets non-military needs? Or, is the technology neutral?

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