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Intended Benefits and Unintended Consequences of Technology

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George Armentrout

on 9 August 2015

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By: George Armentrout
Intended Benefits of Technology
What a specific technology was meant to accomplish, or make easier.
What the technology was designed and built for.
IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER
ALL TECHNOLOGIES HAVE
AT LEAST
1 UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

NO TECHNOLOGY IS PERFECT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Technology
Nuclear Power Plants produce electricity and jobs.
Online Medical Records improve the effectiveness of health care programs.
Refridgerators keep foodstuffs cold and keep them from spoiling as quickly.
A Work in Progress
This is where the Engineering Design Process comes into play. Once engineers have sorted out the benefits and consequences of a particular technology, they redesign the technology to fix the unintended consequences of the technology.
Benefits and Risks
In modern day technologies, the question should be if the benefits outweigh the risks.

Is the speed of online medical records worth the risk of identity theft?

Is the need for electricity worth the pollution of radioactive waste?
A negative affect of a particular technology that wasn't planned for.
Unintended Consequences of Technology
Nuclear Power Plants pollute radioactive waste, which is terrible for ecosystems.
Online Medical Records can put patients at risk for identity theft.
Refridgerators use a coolant (Freon) that is bad for the environment.
Intended Benefits and Unintended Consequences of Technology
Anything that makes a task easier, or simpler.
Ex:
Backpacks make it easier to carry things
Gloves keep ones hands from being cold or to keep them clean
Intended Benefits of Technologies
Unintended Consequence
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