How Technology Is Changing Human Behavior
Issues and Benefits
by C. G. Prado, Editor
April 2019, 161pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-6951-8
$37, £28, 31€, A53
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From sex robots and self-driving cars to cellphones and social media, technology is altering how we function and think.

Explains some of the ways in which technological advances are altering, for better or worse, large-scale human behavior, thought processes, and critical thinking skills.

Recent technological advances—from dating apps to artificial insemination, from “smart” phones to portable computers that can instantly search the World Wide Web for information, and from robots performing surgery to cars driving themselves—once remarkable, have become an unremarkable part of our lives. The team of authors of this book asks, “How are they changing us?”

We all recognize that these innovations have altered our lives, often making them easier, but it is also important to ask if we have lost anything while we have gained from them. The authors of How Technology Is Changing Human Behavior: Issues and Benefits show that human behaviors and thinking skills are rapidly being reprogrammed by technology, with even more developments on the horizon sure to further alter our future and shape our identity.

Features

  • Examines existing and emerging technologies
  • Covers topics from technology’s effects on critical thinking skills to social interaction and intimacy
  • Considers how many human jobs will be lost to robots
  • Explains how psychology is an integral part of technologies reshaping our behavior
C. G. Prado, PhD, FRSC, is emeritus professor of philosophy at Queen's University, twice an elected visiting fellow at Princeton University, and a fellow of the Royal Society. He has authored, coauthored, or edited 20 books, including America's Post-Truth Phenomenon: When Feelings and Opinions Trump Facts and Evidence and Social Media and Your Brain: Web-Based Communication Is Changing How We Think and Express Ourselves. He has also contributed to a number of anthologies and academic monographs and authored 30 journal articles.

Reviews

"Highly recommended. All readers."—Choice, November 1, 2019
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