Rarely are technology issues simple and one-sided. Relevant facts alone, even when known and available, usually do not settle matters. That is because contending groups may have different values and priorities. They may stand to gain or lose in different degrees, or may make very different predictions about what the future consequences of the proposed action will be.
Learning Goal 7
Societies influence what aspects of technology are developed and how these are used. People control technology (as well as science) and are responsible for its effects.
Learning Goal 9
In all technologies, there are always trade-offs to be made.
For Grades: 9-12
Learning Goal 1
Social and economic forces strongly influence which technologies will be developed and used. Which will prevail is affected by many factors, such as personal values, consumer acceptance, patent laws, the availability of risk capital, the federal budget, local and national regulations, media attention, economic competition, and tax incentives.
Learning Goal 6
The human ability to influence the course of history comes from its capacity for generating knowledge and developing new technologies—and for communicating ideas to others.