Modes of reasoning in theories of the social impact of advanced technology

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This paper briefly reviews difficulties in the way scientists and engineers reason about the relationship between human and machine. It argues that there is a polarisation between technically-oriented reasoning on the one hand, and sociallyoriented reasoning on the other. It draws on the application of manufacturing business systems to health-care in order to unpack some of these polarities. The paper proposes a re-assessment of human-centred systems (HCS) thinking as a way to address these polarities, and seek a more equitable balance between the social and the technical.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationASBoHS'06
Subtitle of host publicationAutomated Systems Based on Human Skill And Knowledge - Proceedings of the 9th IFAC ASBoHS Symposium
PublisherIFAC Secretariat
Number of pages6
EditionPART 1
ISBN (Print)9783902661050
Publication statusPublished - 2006

Publication series

NameIFAC Proceedings Volumes (IFAC-PapersOnline)
NumberPART 1
ISSN (Print)1474-6670


  • ERP
  • Health informatics
  • Human centred systems


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