Social Technology

Social technology is a term so broadly defined that it becomes hard to narrow down or demonstrate the limits of.  It refers to a method of using both human and technological resources in order to directly influence social processes. Historically, this type of phenomenon was simply known as social engineering, but as technology and social norms have evolved, the term social engineering has largely been abandoned. One of the primary reasons for that is that there are many negative conations associated with the term social engineering due to the history of its use. Beginning in the early twentieth century, social engineering became heavily associated with the policies of the Soviet Union, and the political ideologies of socialism and communism. Karl Popper defined two different types of social engineering; utopian social engineering and piecemeal social engineering. Utopian social engineering is when the tools of social engineering are used in order to reach a type of ideal state, a perfect society where all the people living in it are happy. While this seems benign on the surface, creating this utopian society would require consolidating power into a centralized rule, leaving the vast majority of citizens are powerless. Attempts at this utopian social engineering have led to numerous atrocities being committed under tyrannical rulers. Piecemeal social engineering is when instead of trying to make a perfect world, social engineers focus on fighting against injustices, and righting the wrongs in society. This has evolved into the social justice movement that has become so prevalent today. …