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In "Technology and Social Justice" (pp. 132-141) Freeman Dyson expresses a deep optimism about humans' ability to use technological innovation to increase social justice.
Exactly how does Dyson answer pessimistic doubts that technological innovations frequently serve to increase social oppression and inequality?
The simplest gambit Dyson deploys in countering the pessimism over the prospects for social justice brought about by technology is not aiming too high; “I shall hope to persuade you that the situation we are in is not hopeless, that new technologies offer us real opportunities for making the world a happier place.” (Dyson, 138) One could be forgiven for being somewhat underwhelmed by such a goal, but it should be regarded as a foot-in-the-door, camel’s-nose-under-the-tent first step – after all, such is likely the only way past the defenses of pessimism....
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