Ursula K. Le Guin on "technology" 

"Technology is the active human interface with the material world.

But the word is consistently misused to mean only the enormously complex and specialised technologies of the past few decades, supported by massive exploitation both of natural and human resources.

This is not an acceptable use of the word. "Technology" and "hi tech" are not synonymous, and a technology that isn't "hi," isn't necessarily "low" in any meaningful sense.

We have been so desensitized by a hundred and fifty years of ceaselessly expanding technical prowess that we think nothing less complex and showy than a computer or a jet bomber deserves to be called "technology " at all. As if linen were the same thing as flax — as if paper, ink, wheels, knives, clocks, chairs, aspirin pills, were natural objects, born with us like our teeth and fingers -- as if steel saucepans with copper bottoms and fleece vests spun from recycled glass grew on trees, and we just picked them when they were ripe..."

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Ursula K. Le Guin on "technology" 

@entreprecariat one random thing I like is that Ursula Franklin also has excellent commentary on similar points

Ursula K. Le Guin on "technology" 

@platypus @entreprecariat in Always Coming Home (by Le Guin) the people of the valley have a saying, “if you don’t teach machines and horses to do what you want in their way they’ll teach you to do what they want in your way,” which made me think of both this rant and Franklin’s lectures.

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