Melvin Kranzberg, a noted scholar of technology’s impact on society, wrote that technology is neither good nor bad, nor is it neutral. Nowhere is that nuanced perspective more apparent than in its application to technology and crime.
Neutral or not, technology does facilitate unexpected forms of antisocial and criminal deviance.
Before motorized vehicles came along, there was no such thing as a hit and run, a getaway car, or a DWI. Until the telephone, no one ever called in a bomb threat or made an obscene phone call. And, until cameras were widely available, no one created or distributed child pornography.
As a result, the legal system often flounders in the wake of technological development, both in terms of creating updated legal frameworks and the passing of specific statutes to curb formerly unknown criminal behaviors.
This week’s vid features a Ted Talk by Marc Goodman, a futurist who studies the connections between yet unrealized technologies and crime. Whether you agree or disagree with his ideas, it’s pretty fascinating stuff. It highlights the connections between people and technology, instead of strictly focusing on the gadgets themselves.
Kranzberg stressed that technology is a human activity. If we’re to have any hope of keeping up with exponential social change that’s driven by new technology, we need to start considering these concepts and approaches right now, even before some of these technologies come to fruition.
So, click, kick back, and enjoy!
Marc Goodman’s Ted Talk on the Future of Crime
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