I am a STIA major. As part of the major I took a class called STIA-305 with professor Charles Weiss and among many things we talked about various perceptions of technology and how it interacts with humanity. I am generally very pro-technology with the exception of robots which I'll admit sort of make me nervous. But the perceptions of technology are in a few different categories:
The one I am in is the technology/human mix where we can solve a wide variety of problems through both changes in human behavior and technology.
There is the pure tech fix which a good friend of mine embodies quite nicely when he said something along the lines of "I expect to be able to drive and eat meat when I'm older and that technology finds a way to make sure I can do that so we don't die by Global Warming"
And then there is the perception that technology is a problem. That perception seems to be more common here than on the East Coast. I was talking with Pepi, Maria and Chuchi today during lunch about a new type of washing machine that doesn't use detergent, and their reaction (after Chuchi and I explained how it works) was how unfortunate it is that this machine was made because all the people in the detergent are going to loose their jobs. That struck me as a very different opinion you'd find in the States. In the States we are all about new technology and how it can save us so much time/money/energy. We assume that technological advancement is good as it saves people money so they can buy other things they need/want and encourage economic growth that way and encourages more high tech industries which have better jobs.
It is sad when a machine replaces a person's job but in the end it is a plus. When telephones got dials, thousands of operators lost their jobs but later on they retrained and got new jobs and helped the economy grow and the nation get bigger, faster and stronger. Or to have a more known example, it's like when Charlie Bucket's dad lost his job screwing on tops of toothpaste tubs and the factory but later got hired to fix the machine that replaced him, that (plus the fact his son inherited the world's most popular chocolate factory) helped their family achieve a higher economic status than they previously had.
I was told by a Spanish friend that that attitude is more typical of Castilla y Leon and not of the more modern and industrialized parts of Spain so it's possible that this is more of a lesson in small town vs. big city mentality and not American vs. Spanish values.