Cubierta La civilizaci—n ausente.inddTechnology, understood as all of our material culture, has played a key role in our development since the origins of our species. And if at the beginning has configured itself as a critical element to ensure our survival in the mists of time, through the control of fire and the development of simple tools such as flint ax, today, like the old god Janus, appears to us full of contradictions as the promise of a better, more equitable future it also shows itself as a threat of collapse materialized on climate change, the reduction of biodiversity or the dynamics of exploitation of late capitalism, which extends the differences between the center and periphery of the system. Contradictions that indicate that, we must negotiate with technology. A technology that unfortunately, at the present, has placed our culture and institutions as well as our psychological and philosophical defenses, over the edge.

This work is set, therefore, as a journey through a changing universe, from dif

ferent times and places where the main thread is structured around the notions of change and uncertainty. This book aims to introduce the reader to one of the biggest challenges of the twenty-first century, as is the techno-scientific governance system and its link to a new cultural and anthropological paradigm. And perhaps most importantly, try to bring the reader how technology transforms ourselves as well as our understanding of the context.

Joaquin Rodriguez Álvarez holds a PhD in Global Public Law from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, where he is a professor at the School of Prevention and Integral Security. His areas of study focus on the philosophy of science and the relations between society and technology. In addition, he combines his teaching and research activities with the Coordination Leading Cities in Spain.

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