Technology and Society Resources
( under construction — help welcomed! ) ( is your resource listed? why not? )
This page is a collection of links to various web pages and other Internet resources concerned with:
- social technology
- the social implications of technology.
If anyone has a web page or other resource that they’d like to see included on this page, please send me the URL, or other relevant information, with perhaps a sentence or two of description, to Doug Wilson at the address given below.
This web page is primarily intended for information and announcements, but I am willing to include links to home pages of people with a special interest in the field. I am also willing to include a few commercial announcements (i.e. ads), provided they are clearly relevant to technology and society.
North Carolina State University’s Program in Science, Technology, and Society has a large list of information sources .
Links collected by Dr. J.L.Croissant at the University of Arizona.
UK Foresight future science, technology, and society programme
The American Association for the Advancement of Science has a website for the activities of its Program in Scientific Freedom, Responsibility and Law.
CyberAnthropology is a non-commerical resource dedicated to the anthropological study of the internet. The site includes:
- a virtual seminar section,
- a course finder,
- a calendar of activity,
- an E-books section,
- online debates,
- book reviews
- and more.
A quiz and some additional reviews and discussion threads will be added soon.
The Center for Economic Personalism (CEP) emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of economic theory and cultural behaviors.
Education and Research:
North Carolina State University’s Program in Science, Technology, and Society
Santa Clara University’s Center for Science, Technology, and Society
Reading Lists and Bibliography pages:
Bilkent University’s Science, Technology, and Society course reading list . (may be a broken link)
Social Science Data:
The most useful source of social science data is: Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) but much of their data is for authorized users only. Happily they do provide some data for the general public, including a lot of data from educational surveys.
The state of Wisconsin is probably the most thoroughly researched place on earth, and most of the material is freely available for download from their Data and Program Library Service, University of Wisconsin, Madison , including the invaluable The Wisconsin Longitudinal Study, a 35-year study of a random sample of 10,317 men and women who graduated from Wisconsin high schools in 1957.
The U.S. Census has a site at the Univeristy of Virginia for Public Use Microdata Samples (PUMS) from the 1990 census. This facility lets users generate files for download by specifying the region and variables wanted.
The Social Technology mailing list — to subscribe, use the form and button on the top of this page. For more information, see the list home page.
The Technology and Society Electronic Mailing List — to subscribe send a message containing the two words subscribe tech-society in the message body, to email@example.com .
FUTUREWORK: Redesigning Work, Income Distribution, Education, is an international e-mail forum for discussion of how to deal with the new realities created by economic globalization and technological change — to subscribe send a message containing the three words subscribe futurework YourE-MailAddress to Majordomo@scribe.uwaterloo.ca .
FUTUREWORK is unmoderated but there is also a moderated list, FW-L, which serves as a bulletin-board to post notices about recommended books, articles, other documents, other Net sites, conferences, even job openings, etc. relevant to the future of work and to the roles of education, community and other factors in that future. It serves subscribers as a calmer place to post and browse. Normally, posts to this moderated list should be limited to one screen. To subscribe send a message containing the three words subscribe FW-L YourE-MailAddress to the same address, Majordomo@scribe.uwaterloo.ca .
This resource page is under construction. I have posted a message to the mailing lists above, requesting links to relevant resources.
For more information on social technology, see The Social Technology Page .
Copyright © 1998 and 2000 Douglas P. Wilson
Copyright © 2009 Douglas Pardoe Wilson
Other relevant content:
Please see these web pages:
The main Social Technology page.
Find Compatibles , the key page, with the real solution to all other problems explained
Technological Fantasies , a page about future technology
Social Tech a page about Social Technology, technology for social purposes. I think I was the first person to use this phrase on the Internet, quite a long time ago.
Roughly corresponding to these web pages are the following blogs :
Social Technology the main blog, hosted on this site, with posts imported from the following blogger.com blogs, which still exist and are useable.
Find Compatibles devoted to matching people with friends, lovers, jobs, places to live and so on, but doing so in ways that will actually work, using good math, good algorithms, good analysis.
Technological Fantasies devoted to future stuff, new ideas, things that might be invented or might happen, such as what is listed above and below.
Sex-Politics-Religion is a blog about these important topics, which I have been told should never be mentioned in polite conversation. Alright that advice does seem a bit dated, but many people are still told not to bring up these subjects around the dinner table.
I believe I was the first person on the Internet to use the phrase Social Technology — years before the Web existed.
Those were the good old days, when the number of people using the net exceeed the amount of content on it, so that it was easy to start a discussion about such an upopular topic. Now things are different. There are so many web pages that the chances of anyone finding this page are low, even with good search engines like Google. Oh, well.
By Social Technology I mean the technology for organizing and maintaining human society. The example I had most firmly in mind is the subject of Find Compatibles , what I consider to be the key page, the one with the real solution to all other problems explained.
As I explained on my early mailing lists and later webpages, I find that social technology has hardly improved at all over the years. We still use representative democracy, exactly the same as it was used in the 18th century. By contrast, horse and buggy transporation has been replaced by automobiles and airplanes, enormous changes.
In the picture below you will see some 18th century technology, such as the ox-plow in the middle of the picture. How things have changed since then in agricultural technology. But we still use chance encounters, engagements and marriages to organize our home life and the raising of children.
I claim that great advances in social technology are not only possible but inevitable. I have written three novels about this, one preposterously long, 5000 pages, another merely very very long, 1500 pages. The third is short enough at 340 pages to be published some day. Maybe. The topic is still not interesting to most people. I will excerpt small parts of these novels on the web sometime, maybe even post the raw text for the larger two.
This site includes many pages dating from 1997 to 2008 which are quite out of date. They are included here partly to show the development of these ideas and partly to cover things the newer pages do not. There will be broken links where these pages referenced external sites. I’ve tried to fix up or maiintain all internal links, but some will probably have been missed. One may wish to look at an earlier version of this page , rather longer, and at an overview of most parts of what can be called a bigger project.
Type in this address to e-mail me. The image is interesting. See Status of Social Technology
Copyright © 2007, 2008, 2009, Douglas Pardoe Wilson
I have used a series of e-mail address over the years, each of which eventually became out of date because of a change of Internet services or became almost useless because of spam. Eventually I stuck with a Yahoo address, but my inbox still fills up with spam and their spam filter still removes messages I wanted to see. So I have switched to a new e-mail service. Web spiders should not be able to find it, since it is hidden in a jpeg picture. I have also made it difficult to reach me. The picture is not a clickable link. To send me e-mail you must want to do so badly enough to type this address in. That is a nuisance, for which I do apologize, but I just don’t want a lot of mail from people who do not care about what I have to say.
Copyright © 2009 Douglas Pardoe Wilson