Don Ihde – Trust and Technologies


Don Ihde – Trust and Technologies

For the most part we take our technologies for granted which is an implied trust. I will begin with Heidegger’s famous ‘break-down’ phenomenon which as been used in many ways with respect to understanding and relating to technologies. I shall then turn to a number of concrete examples of human and social relations to technologies to illustrate the complexities which are presupposed through our uses of technologies. “Trusting my Toyota” fits into the topical situation today, now much publicized, of automobile culture, the fates of American car manufacturers, design and use strategies and our participation therein. The analysis will be multidimensional and patterned after the type of studies undertaken in the technoscience seminar.

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