Sep 14, 2020
What kind of Tech would a community make if it is driven by ‘sufficiency’ and ‘collaboration’ Vs 'Profit' or 'Competition'as its values?
In NDNK : Technology
· We discussed three types of tech based on readings – production, domestic, military – which a society will put in use. · If sufficiency or collaboration are at the core of deciding on technology – then maybe the priorities · If sufficiency or collaboration are at the core, then AI/ML are decentralised then the power is with the people who are using the tech example - blockchain · If profit or competition are at the core centralised then the tech ownership is with majority users, example – flipkart, Netflix · If sufficiency at the core, then maybe innovation will be hampered. If collaborations are static, that will also deter innovation. Profits could drive innovations, collaborations across geographies might spur ideas and innovations. · If sufficiency is at the core then technology could be diverse but not easily replicable. For instance, disaster management apps in Assam vs Maharashtra · But in the case of profit as motive for technology, then it is often centralised, for sustained use users will have to be incentivised. · If sufficiency and collaboration, then technology will be adopted based on our use and requirements. Tech will not drive the society but the other way round. · The small-scale industries are based on S& C values, limited to one geography only. If P& C then it can be at a standardised, big scale. · S&C will allow for local resources optimal utilization. They will be circular in use so that tech doesn’t come to an end if resources finish. · If P& C is at centre, then exploitation is the norm, if in one area resources get exhausted then can be sourced from another area. · Military tech is competitive and profit-oriented, then countries sell and buy military equipment just on the basis of monetary capabilities. Example – UK and USA in Second World War. · Military has allowed for innovations on the one hand like internet communications but on the other allowed for data surveillance and privacy concerns If S& C is at the core, then probably tech which are less energy-exhaustive can be developed like using biogas instead. -- Sneha, Mehul, Nitesh