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The dynamic relationship between a society and its technology can raise many complex questions that only lead to complex answers Does technology exist for the benefit of society Is a society functional only because of one or more technologies that are so imbedded in that society Can either society or technology exist without one another These are many different viewpoints that can be discussed in this topic In his article A Search for Structure Selected Essays on Science Art and History Cyril Stanley Smith discusses the interdependence of society and science technology Smiths view was that art was the basis for what science and technology first began My point is only that the invention of a technique has until recently been far more likely to occur in an aesthetically sensitive environment than in a practical one Smith p88 In this essay I will take some of the opposing views concerning technology science and society eg art and discern what Smiths opinions might be through his ideas of the development of technology and science through art Technology vs Society Technology is imbedded in the rest of society vs Technology is relatively independent of the rest of society It would be hard for me not to say that society and technology go hand in hand This morning I woke up to my alarm clock buzzing and then I made some coffee took a shower put on clothes and then got in my car and drove off Ordinary things which people dont realize are products of technology that have become part of our everyday lives When most people think of technology they think of computers entertainment equipment eg DVD player and space exploration NASA they tend to leave out pencils sneakers and toilet paper all are technologies that came about to make life easier for people society In his article Smith shares the view that technology and society are very much amalgamated
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