Al Erisman – Navigating a Technologically Infused Society

While some of us are engaged in building new technology devices and systems, all of us are affected by technology. Technology enters our personal lives, our organizational lives, and it shapes our society. Some argue it goes further than this, taking over each of these arenas. The societal impacts may be the most subtle, introducing the challenges of joblessness, polarization on key societal issues, and engagement in public life. Response to these issues comes in two ways. Some will embrace the changes and ignore the impacts, breathlessly living into each change. Some will seek to block the changes, dourly speaking out against the “technopoly,” as if they could stop it. In this talk I will show the link between technology and these societal issues and suggest another path for responding to them. The response is rooted in the understanding of how we are made by God.

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