Section X: Reimagining and Reinventing Societies and Social Thought

Track 8: Technology
Dr. George Strawn, NITRD,* chair

An Invitation to a Conversation on understanding, and responding to, technological unemployment

In many ways, developments in contemporary science and technology have made our lives easier and more productive. But when it comes to the world of work, however, the impact of technology has been ambiguous. Not only has it played a role in the corruption of the working process, but it has been an important factor in the elimination of work for multiple thousands of people. Technological unemployment is becoming an increasingly important aspect of the future which faces us.  

Day 1: Overview

Friday, June 5:

2-3:30 PM. Session one. An overview of Information Technology: past, present and future

4-5:30 PM. Session two.  What if?  A future scenario of massive, systemic unemployment

Saturday, June 6:

11-12:30 AM: Session three. Need:  Guaranteed annual income

2-3:30 PM: Session four. Vice:  Promoting virtue without jobs 

Sunday, June 7:

11-12:30 PM: Session five. Boredom:  Providing dignity and adventure without jobs

2-3:30 PM: Session six. Action:  What to do now to prepare for a future that might (or might not) materialize


John Forney, Organizer, Pomona Valley Progressive Christians Uniting (PCU)
Aaron Routhe, environmental sociologist
DR. George Strawn, NITRD*
J. Mark Thomas, Sociologist. Author, Ethics and Technoculture, Lanham, MD: University Press of America, Inc., 1987. 
Dr. J. Philip Wogaman, Ethicist. Author, Guaranteed Annual Income: The Moral Issues. New York: Abingdon Press, 1968. 

Online resources:

Basic Economic Income Network (BEIN)
Basic Income Guarantee (BIG)

Books and Reports: 

Ferré, Frederick. Philosophy of Technology. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 1996.

 Ben-David, Joseph. “Higher Education in Industrial Society,” in The Embattled University. Edited by Stephen R. Graubard and Geno A. Ballotti. New York: George Braziller, 1970.

Braverman, Harry. Labor and Monopoly Capitalism: The degradation of Work in the Twentieth Century. New York: Monthly review Press, 1992.

Daly, Herman and John B. Cobb, Jr. For the Common Good: Redirecting the Economy Toward Community, the Environment, and a Sustainable Future. Boston: Beacon Press, 1989.

 Ellul, Jacques. The Technological Society. Translated from the French by John Wilkinson. London: Jonathan Cape, 1964.

Borgmann, Albert. Power Failure: Christianity in the Culture of Technology. Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos Press, 2003.

 Brock, Brian. Christian Ethics in a Technological Age. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2010.

 Grant, George. “The University Curriculum and the Technological Threat,” in The Sciences, the Humanities, and the Technological Threat. Ed. by W. Roy Niblett. New York: Wiley and Sons, 1975.

Noble, David F. America by Design: Science, technology and the Rise of Corporate Capitalism. New York: Alfred A.Knopf, 1977.

Rouse, Joseph. Knowledge and Power: Toward a Political Philosophy of Science. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1987.

Standing, Guy. The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class. NY: Bloombury, 2014. 
_________,  A Precariat Charter. NY: Bloombury, 2014.

Thomas, J. Mark. Ethics and Technoculture. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, Inc., 1987. 

Wogaman, Philip, Guaranteed Annual Income: The Moral Issues. New York: Abingdon Press, 1968.