Explain the influences of society and culturein the development of science and technology.
Social needs, attitudes, and values influence the direction of technological development. Science and technology have advanced through contributions of many different people, in different cultures, at different times in history For example, new technologies often will decrease some risks and increase others.
- Societies influence what aspects of technology are developed and how these are used. People control technology (as well as science) and are responsible for its effects. Using artificial means to prevent or facilitate pregnancy raises questions of social norms, ethics, religious beliefs, and even politics.