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'''Technological utopianism''' is an ideology based on the premise that advances in science and technology will eventually bring about a utopia, or at least help to fulfil a utopian ideal.
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'''Techno-utopianism''' or '''technological utopianism''' is an ideology based on the premise that advances in science and technology may eventually bring about a utopia, or at least help to fulfil a utopian ideal.
 
== Historical ==
 
== Historical ==
 
19th and 20th century liberal thinkers like Karl Marx believed the power of technology would end the eras of kings and the church. The later association of the idea with [[eugenics]] and world war 2 led to the term falling out of favour for some time.
 
19th and 20th century liberal thinkers like Karl Marx believed the power of technology would end the eras of kings and the church. The later association of the idea with [[eugenics]] and world war 2 led to the term falling out of favour for some time.
 
== Contemporary ==
 
== Contemporary ==
The rise of Silicon Valley anti-authoritarian counter-culture in the computing industry led once again to the idea that technology could increase personal freedoms and issue in an new era. [[Crypto-anarchism|Crypto-anarchists]] and affiliates such as Julian Assange would take the idea of technology as a tool against government oppression to its logical conclusion.
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The rise of [[Silicon Valley]] anti-authoritarian counter-culture in the computing industry led once again to the idea that technology could increase personal freedoms and issue in an new era. [[Crypto-anarchism|Crypto-anarchists]] and affiliates such as Julian Assange would take the idea of technology as a tool against government oppression to its logical conclusion.
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== Criticism ==
 
== Criticism ==
Critics of the idea cite it's lack of social policy and environmental concerns as well as the [[Oligarchic transhumanism|unequal access to technologies]].
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Critics of the idea, as well as the related idea [[techno-optimism]], cite its lack of social policy and environmental concerns as well as the risk of [[Oligarchic transhumanism|unequal access to technologies]].
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Many transhumanists are, or are perceived as technological utopians, as well as [[technophilia|technophiles]]. As such, perceived uncritical support for the assumed [[transhumanist inevitablism|inevitable]] benefits technology will bring without corresponding [[Technoconservatism|caution towards new technologies]] can increase [[Technoscepticism|scepticism]] towards the movement. [[Transhumanism as a religion]] is a common criticism.
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In [[The Transhumanist Reader]], [[Natasha Vita-More]] challenges the misconception that transhumanists want to live in a static utopian posthuman world, instead emphasising the need for continual change, a concept known as [[extropia]].<ref>https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=YeFo_20rfz0C&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false IV - Misconceptions</ref>
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== See also ==
 
== See also ==
* [[Technolibertarianism]]
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* [[Abolitionism]]
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* [[Postcyberpunk]]
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* [[Solarpunk]]
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* [[Technogaianism]]
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* [[Technocracy]]
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== External links ==
 
== External links ==
* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Technological_utopianism Wikipedia:Technological utopianism]
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* {{wikipedia|Technological utopianism}}
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== References ==
 
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[[Category:Transhumanism]]
 
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[[Category:Opposition to transhumanism]]
 
[[Category:Opposition to transhumanism]]
 
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[[Category:Techno-utopianism]]
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[[Category:Psychology]]

Latest revision as of 11:22, 8 May 2020

Techno-utopianism or technological utopianism is an ideology based on the premise that advances in science and technology may eventually bring about a utopia, or at least help to fulfil a utopian ideal.

Historical

19th and 20th century liberal thinkers like Karl Marx believed the power of technology would end the eras of kings and the church. The later association of the idea with eugenics and world war 2 led to the term falling out of favour for some time.

Contemporary

The rise of Silicon Valley anti-authoritarian counter-culture in the computing industry led once again to the idea that technology could increase personal freedoms and issue in an new era. Crypto-anarchists and affiliates such as Julian Assange would take the idea of technology as a tool against government oppression to its logical conclusion.

Criticism

Critics of the idea, as well as the related idea techno-optimism, cite its lack of social policy and environmental concerns as well as the risk of unequal access to technologies.

Many transhumanists are, or are perceived as technological utopians, as well as technophiles. As such, perceived uncritical support for the assumed inevitable benefits technology will bring without corresponding caution towards new technologies can increase scepticism towards the movement. Transhumanism as a religion is a common criticism.

In The Transhumanist Reader, Natasha Vita-More challenges the misconception that transhumanists want to live in a static utopian posthuman world, instead emphasising the need for continual change, a concept known as extropia.[1]

See also

External links

References