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Myth of Technological Utopianism?

"EFFICIENCY AND DEMOCRACY…"

Technological utopianism refers to any ideology based on the belief that advances in science and technology will eventually bring about a utopia, or at least help to fulfill one or another utopian ideal. Karl Marx believed that the industrial revolution would empower workers, resulting in the end of the class struggle and capitalism. 200 years later, the myth is as relevant as ever in Silicon Valley, where the California Ideology combines a bohemian mindset with the idea that tech can solve all our problems.
"Connecting all sectors of the technological utopia would be superbly efficient transportation and communication systems, powered almost exclusively by electricity. These systems would enable widely dispersed citizens to live and work wherever they might choose. As one of them puts it, 'we have practically eliminated distances.' The specific means of transportation would include automobiles, trains, subways, ships, airplanes, even moving sidewalks. The means of communication would include pneumatic mail tubes, telephones, telegraphs, radios, and mechanically composed newspapers."
— Howard P. Segal, "The Technological Utopians", (Cambridge: MIT Press, 1986).

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From Marx to Silicon Valley, humans have long believed that with every scientific advancement, we are one step closer to an utopian civilization. Thanks to the internet and cell phones, we are more connected, more aware, and more informed than ever before... Or are we?

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