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A technological approach to development : human development in the global era

Runesson, Katarina (2004)
Sociology
Abstract
Methodology: By using two indexes, this thesis aims to prove and define the relationship between human and technological development. The first index uses variables of human development (Life expectancy, literacy rate, GDP/capita and HDI, along with levels of democracy and corruption) and the second displays technological data (phone mainlines, cellular phone- and internet-usage). By applying the indexes on two separate regions, the Baltic states and Central Asia, I have aimed to answer the following questions:

Questions: -Is human development a prerequisite for technological development or vice versa?

-Does the use of high technology contribute equally to the development of nations?

-Which effects are already seen and can accordingly... (More)
Methodology: By using two indexes, this thesis aims to prove and define the relationship between human and technological development. The first index uses variables of human development (Life expectancy, literacy rate, GDP/capita and HDI, along with levels of democracy and corruption) and the second displays technological data (phone mainlines, cellular phone- and internet-usage). By applying the indexes on two separate regions, the Baltic states and Central Asia, I have aimed to answer the following questions:

Questions: -Is human development a prerequisite for technological development or vice versa?

-Does the use of high technology contribute equally to the development of nations?

-Which effects are already seen and can accordingly be expected for the future?

Empirical Data: A brief background on the selected regions is given, along with a discussion regarding emerging global dialectics, before the two indexes are displayed and compared.

Analysis: Analysing the data, I have reached the conclusion that human development and technological development are mutually reinforcing prerequisites, which is illustrated through a clear correlation between the human and technological data. However, it is concluded that this correlation does not guarantee an equal development in states where high technology is implemented and used, due to different preconditions.

Lastly it is discussed whether we can expect technological development to cause leapfrogging or trickle-down development, or whether we are facing greater divergence. Considering available data does not offer any reliable answers, I conclude that results will vary across the globe, but as we are getting more aware of the causes, we are also given the knowledge to change the effects. (Less)
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author
Runesson, Katarina
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H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
subject
keywords
samhällsutveckling, teknik och samhälle, Baltikum, Centralasien, Sociology, Sociologi
language
English
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1333717
date added to LUP
2004-12-02
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  abstract     = {Methodology: By using two indexes, this thesis aims to prove and define the relationship between human and technological development. The first index uses variables of human development (Life expectancy, literacy rate, GDP/capita and HDI, along with levels of democracy and corruption) and the second displays technological data (phone mainlines, cellular phone- and internet-usage). By applying the indexes on two separate regions, the Baltic states and Central Asia, I have aimed to answer the following questions:

Questions: -Is human development a prerequisite for technological development or vice versa?

-Does the use of high technology contribute equally to the development of nations?

-Which effects are already seen and can accordingly be expected for the future?

Empirical Data: A brief background on the selected regions is given, along with a discussion regarding emerging global dialectics, before the two indexes are displayed and compared.

Analysis: Analysing the data, I have reached the conclusion that human development and technological development are mutually reinforcing prerequisites, which is illustrated through a clear correlation between the human and technological data. However, it is concluded that this correlation does not guarantee an equal development in states where high technology is implemented and used, due to different preconditions.

Lastly it is discussed whether we can expect technological development to cause leapfrogging or trickle-down development, or whether we are facing greater divergence. Considering available data does not offer any reliable answers, I conclude that results will vary across the globe, but as we are getting more aware of the causes, we are also given the knowledge to change the effects.},
  author       = {Runesson, Katarina},
  keyword      = {samhällsutveckling,teknik och samhälle,Baltikum,Centralasien,Sociology,Sociologi},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {A technological approach to development : human development in the global era},
  year         = {2004},
}