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Can Technology Replace Social Engineering?. Chapter 3 Alvin M. Weinberg Emily Nixon and Katie O’Neill. TECHNOLOGISTS Accept people’s shortcomings and find a technological solution that does not require them to change . SOCIAL ENGINEERS

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can technology replace social engineering

Can Technology Replace Social Engineering?

Chapter 3

Alvin M. Weinberg

Emily Nixon and Katie O’Neill

two views
TECHNOLOGISTS

Accept people’s shortcomings and find a technological solution that does not require them to change

SOCIAL ENGINEERS

Try to persuade people to change their habits and lifestyles

Example: water shortage

Two Views
question for class
Question for class:

Which view is more effective and/or prevalent in our society and why?

Also think:  long term

 US vs. world

positives influences of technology
Positives Influences of Technology

Technology often serves as a quick fix to buy us time for future social engineering

  • Medicine (ex: Methadone)
  • Energy
  • Transportation
negative influences of technology
Negative Influences of Technology

On the other hand, quick fixes can create additional new social problems within society

  • Pollution (nuclear waste)
  • Immunity to medicine/emergence of new viruses
  • Internet/cell phones
  • The absence of human interaction
rationality
Rationality
  • Technologists: people are not rational

 technology needed to establish a quick fix or a solution to a problem

  • Social Engineers: people are rational

 they have the ability to change their lifestyles by their own means; psychology

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Are we kidding ourselves into believing technology is making our lives easier?

Can technology replace

social engineering?