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Misunderstandings of Consciousness and Technology

The common misunderstandings about consciousness and technology are listed as follows. The first misunderstanding is that consciousness is only in the head when in fact, consciousness is not only in the head meaning that “onsciousness is responsible for the creation of new conscious relations wherever imagined, be it in the head, on the street or in the past.” The second misunderstanding is technology is not a part of consciousness. The truth is that technology is a part of consciousness as “the conceptualization of technology has gone through drastic changes.” The third misunderstanding is that technology controls society and consciousness, when really technology does not control society and consciousness; meaning “that technology is rooted in consciousness as an integral part of mental life for everyone. This understanding will most likely alter how both patients and psychologists deal with the trials and tribunes of living with technology.” The last misunderstanding is society controls technology and consciousness which is not true, society does not control technology and consciousness. “…(other) accounts fail to acknowledge the complex relational nature of technology as an operation within mind and society. This realization shifts the focus on technology to its origins within the human mind as explained through the theory of technological consciousness.”

  • Consciousness (C) is only a part of the head: C is responsible for the creation of new conscious relations
  • Technology (T) is not part of C: Humans cannot be separated from technology
  • T controls society and C: Technology cannot control the mind
  • Society controls T and C: Society fails to take in account the consideration of society shaping what technology gets developed?

Ethical Challenges

Ethical challenges arise in many different situations,

  • Human knowledge processes
  • Workplace discrimination
  • Strained work and life balance in technologically enhanced work environments
  • Inequalities in information access for parts of the population
  • Unequal opportunities for scientific and technological development
  • Organizational responsibility and accountability issues
  • Intellectual property issues
  • Information processing theory is working memory that has a limited capacity and too much information can lead to cognitive overload resulting in loss of information from short term memory.
  • Limit an organization’s ability to innovate and respond for change.
  • Knowledge society is intertwined with changing technology requiring new skills of its workforce. Cutler says that there is the perception that older workers lack experience with new technology and that retaining programs may be less effective and more expensive for older workers. Cascio says that there is a growth of virtual organizations. Saetre & Sornes say that it is a blurring of the traditional time and space boundaries has also led to many cases in the blurring of work and personal life.
  • Norris says access to information and knowledge resources within a knowledge society tend to favour the economically privileged who have greater access to technological tools needed to access information and knowledge resources disseminated online and the privatization of knowledge.
  • Inequality in terms of how scientific and technological knowledge is developed around the globe. Developing countries do not have the same opportunities as developed countries to invest in costly large-scale research and expensive research facilities and instrumentation.
  • Negative impacts of many scientific and technological innovations have on humans and the environment has led to some skepticism and resistance to increasing dependence on technology within the Knowledge Society. Doucet calls for city empowerment to have the courage and foresight to make decisions that are acceptable its habitants rather that succumb to global consumer capitalism and the forces of international corporations on national and local governments.
  • Scientific and technological innovations that have transformed organizational life within a global economy have also supplanted human autonomy and control in work within a technologically oriented workplace.
  • The persuasive potential of technology raises the question of “how sensitive ... designers and programmers be to the ethics of the persuasive technology they design.” Technoethics can be used to determine the level of ethical responsibility that should be associated with outcomes of the use of technology, whether intended or unintended.
  • Rapidly changing landscape of organizational life and recent history of unethical business practices have given rise to public debates concerning organizational responsibility and trust. The advent of virtual organizations and telework has bolstered ethical problems by providing more opportunities for fraudulent behaviour and the production of misinformation. Concerted efforts are required to uphold ethical values in advancing new knowledge and tools within societal relations which do not exclude people or limit liberties of some people at the expense of others.

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