ABSTRACT

Popular images of the technological future occupy the entire spectrum of possibilities, from apocalyptic and dystopian to heaven-like. Popular movies, such as Avatar, that show industrial colonizing technology at its worst reveal signs of impending trends in the social psyche, but still allow the possibility of developing even opposite attitudes toward technology. Avatar can be interpreted, in fact, not as a radical rejection of technology, but as favoring a certain type of technology. The final battle, after all, is won by the indigenous culture with the help of a computer-like symbiotic relationship with the natural environment. For Heidegger, the turning toward a new kind of technological culture requires a deep and disturbing interrogative attitude. Since technology is not merely instrumental, but metaphysical as well, questions about the nature of what is good, true, beautiful, and holy need to be asked.