This week has brought me the understanding of technology having biases. As I stated in my initial post, “my husband pointed out that all technology with a computer chip is based on the idea of yes or no, right or wrong. Programming is based on zeros and ones with the computer interpreting one’s answer into a category, essentially judging and categorizing one, and one’s choices.”

I have been challenged this week to reflect on what biases certain technologies have. I found this difficult because as Postman (1992) states, “Unforeseen circumstances stand in the way of all those who think they see clearly the direction in which a new technology will take us. Not even those who invent a technology can be assumed to be reliable prophets, as Thamus warned.”

Dr. Creasman responded with,

“That, I think, is a key to this whole idea of technology having ‘morals’, incredible as it sounds. If technologies have a ‘correct way to function’ they will find that function, regardless of the inventor’s intentions. Often these ‘morals’ arise and are discovered when the technology comes to full fruition and social saturation. We really didn’t see the power of the telephone until it went ‘cellular’ and freed itself of its wires. Now the power of the phone can be seen. And perhaps the bias/word you are looking for is ‘omnipresence.’”

The idea that anyone or anything should think itself omnipresent (a characteristic that should only be applied to God) is astonishing!

Kevin also prodded me to determine what I meant when I use the word ‘truth’. My answer, in my own words, would be that truth is founded in God. God is the ethical value that individuals and society should follow and imitate in their daily lives. Because God is unchangeable, so is truth.

Creasman, P. (2011, February 9). RE: The Cylons [Msg 3]. Message posted to https:/
Hooton, E. (2011, February 8). The Cylons [Msg 1]. Message posted to https:/
Lawson, K. (2011, February 9). Family Interactions and Truth [Msg 2]. Message posted to https:/
Postman, N. (1992). Technopoly: The surrender of culture to technology (p.15). New York, NY: Vintage.