Langdon Winner is Thomas Phelan Chair of Humanities and Social Sciences in the Department of Science and Technology Studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York. His work focuses upon social and political issues that surround modern technological change. He is the author of the seminal books (among others), Autonomous Technology (1978), which examines the idea of “technology-out-of-control” and The Whale and the Reactor: A Search for Limits in an Age of High Technology (1986), as well as the classic article, “Do Artifacts Have Politics?” (Daedalus, vol. 109, no. 1, 1980), which argued that technology has concrete social consequences, by its very nature, regardless of intent behind its invention.
Praised by The Wall Street Journal as “the leading academic on the politics of technology,” Winner blogs regularly at technopolis.blogspot.com.
Winner has also taught at The New School for Social Research, M.I.T., College of the Atlantic, University of California at Santa Cruz, University of Leiden in the Netherlands, Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California and was a visiting research fellow at the Center for Technology and Culture at the University of Oslo, Norway. In addition, he has been president of the Society for Philosophy and Technology, as well as a contributing editor at Rolling Stone
in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
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