Read and write about science and technology.
The Bedford Spotlight Reader Series brings critical topics to life in a portable, cost-effective reader. In this volume you’ll explore these questions and others: How do I interact with science and technology in my daily life? Does technology rule our economy? Have science and technology given us total control over the natural world?
Readings by biologists, climate scientists, journalists, ethicists, novelists, engineers, and others take on these issues and more. This book helps you form your own questions and responses as you investigate and write about this important and intellectually rich topic. It includes the essays and assignments you need to do your coursework.
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Table of Contents
About The Bedford Spotlight Reader Series
Preface for Instructors
Contents by Discipline
Contents by Theme
Introduction for Students
Chapter 1. Has Technology Made Us the Gods of the Natural World?
Beth Shapiro, Reversing Extinction
Emily Anthes, Animals Bow to Their Mechanical Overlords
Selina Wang, The Future of Farming Is Looking Up
Sarah E. Myhre, Treading the Fine Line between Climate Talk and Alarmism
Clive Hamilton, Why Geoengineering?
Thomas Sumner, Quenching Society’s Thirst: Desalination May Soon Turn a Corner, from Rare to Routine
Rob Wile and Pascal Lee, Here’s How Much It Would Cost to Travel to Mars
Francesc Torralba, The Argument of Future Generations
Chapter 2. Is Technology Surpassing Biology?
Bryan Walsh, New Natural Selection: How Scientists Are Altering DNA to Genetically Engineer New Forms of Life
Alice Park, The CRISPR Pioneers
Rohit Karnik and Robert S. Langer, Rebuilding Ourselves: Ushering in an Age of Synthetic Organs and Targeted Medicine
Martin Ford, The Healthcare Challenge
Sheldon Krimsky, Creating Good from Immoral Acts
Hillary Rosner, All Too Human
Jon Cohen, The Horror Story That Haunts Science: Two Hundred Years Later, Frankenstein Still Shocks and Inspires
Gary Shteyngart, from Super Sad True Love Story
Chapter 3. Have You Been Spied On Today?
William Eyre, Surveillance Today
Paul Mozur, Mark Scott, and Mike Isaac, Facebook Faces a New World as Officials Rein in a Wild Web
Stuart Sumner, Why All This Fuss about Privacy?
Steven Aftergood, Privacy and the Imperative of Open Government
Nicole Perlroth, Governments Turn to Commercial Spyware to Intimidate Dissidents
Kurt Vonnegut, Harrison Bergeron
Scott Lucas, Why Cambridge Analytica Matters
Future Workplaces: Smile, You’re on Camera
Chapter 4. Who Controls the Economy, Us or the Technology We’ve Created?
Lisa Fickenscher, The Cutthroat Jobs Strategy Amazon Uses to Conquer Retail
Chris Anderson, Drones Go to Work
Natalie Kitroeff, Robots Could Replace 1.7 Million American Truckers in the Next Decade
Matt Britton, The Peer-to-Peer Economy
Liz Alderman, Sweden’s Push to to Get Rid of Cash Has Some Saying, ‘Not So Fast’
Ole Bjerg, How is Bitcoin Money?
Meagan Johnson, Stop Talking about Work/Life Balance! TEQ and the Millennial Generation
Chapter 5. How Is the Internet Defining What Matters to Society?
The Media Insight Project, How Americans Get Their News
Malcolm Gladwell, Small Change: Why the Revolution Will Not Be Tweeted
Leo Mirani, Sorry, Malcolm Gladwell, the Revolution May Well Be Tweeted
Lori Ann Wagner, When Your Smartphone Is Too Smart for Your Own Good: How Social Media Alters Human Relationships
Sam Ross-Brown, Net Neutrality and the Fight for Social Justice
Ronald Brownstein, How Has Technology Changed the Concept of Community?
Brooke Borel, Can Artificial Intelligence Help Solve the Internet's Misinformation Problem?
Sentence Guides for Academic Writers
Index of Authors and Titles