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Technology Assessment - Digital


Technology is omnipresent in our society. It is supposed to make our everyday life easier and solve our problems. But does the technology we use actually do that? Is it designed to meet our needs? And what other demands play a role in the development of technology? Does new technology solve problems or postpone them? Are there also solutions without technology?

In this building block the participants work out 10 opposite pairs for an assessment of technology. These pairs are based on values that are most important to the participants. The opposite pairs illustrate where a technology ranks on the scale between convivial and non-convivial. For this, the participants first individually prepare opposite pairs using the TINS-D constellation. Working in groups, they exchange their results and decide on 10 pairs of opposites together. In the follow-up they use the pairs to evaluate a self-chosen technology.

The term "convivial technology" means life-friendly technology and was originally coined by Ivan Illich. The concept seeks to highlight the social and ecological effects of technology. Its focus is placed on technology's ambivalence as technology has positive and negative effects which must be further analysed with technology assessment.

Einstiegssitzung des Blue Engineering Seminars - digital
Assessing technology in a social context using TINS-D, convivial technology
Technology and society, TINS-D,opposite pairs, conviviality model
Anticipation, Cooperation, Participation, Acting Morally, Acting Independently
Forms of Learning
creative, cooperative
TINS-D, small group work
Group Size
60 minutes
Material and Space
three texts, see references
very good - basic building block in Berlin
Winter Semester 2020/21