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Artefacts

  1. 1. On Artefacts Just Between Us and The Universe
  2. 2. <ul><li>Human artefacts are created or shaped by people and stand between the human population and the natural environment </li></ul>Human Artefacts
  3. 3. Human Artefacts <ul><li>Every artefact has a purpose for the inventor </li></ul><ul><li>The purpose may change for the next user </li></ul><ul><li>Artefacts take on a life of their own shaped by countless adaptors over generations </li></ul><ul><li>They change the way we live </li></ul>
  4. 4. Human Artefacts <ul><li>Much of what we call civilization is made up of artefacts </li></ul><ul><li>Maybe civilization is itself a synthesis of all human artefacts </li></ul>
  5. 5. Technology as Artefact <ul><li>We use things to lever our strengths and make a bigger impact on our environments </li></ul><ul><li>Let’s call this ‘technology’ </li></ul>
  6. 6. Space <ul><li>5,000 satellites launched </li></ul><ul><li>Space station construction under way </li></ul><ul><li>Plans for manned mission to Mars </li></ul>
  7. 7. Education as Artefact <ul><li>We share information, ideas, values and beliefs that take on a life of their own </li></ul><ul><li>Let’s call this ‘education’ </li></ul>
  8. 8. ...And Training <ul><li>Rolling up and then downloading knowledge, skills, attitudes… </li></ul>
  9. 9. Arts as Artefact <ul><li>We make things and events to creatively express ideas and feelings that words will not share </li></ul><ul><li>We call these the ‘arts’ </li></ul>
  10. 10. Arts - Like Sculpture <ul><li>What does David convey? </li></ul>
  11. 11. Organization as Artefact <ul><li>We organize people into a system of relationships and a chain of communication and command to co-ordinate use of education and technology </li></ul><ul><li>We can call this ‘business organization’ </li></ul>
  12. 12. Organization <ul><li>The set of relationships, communication links, chain of command </li></ul><ul><li>The shared goals, values, culture </li></ul>
  13. 13. Synergy <ul><li>The whole is greater than the sum of the parts </li></ul>Business Organization Technology Education
  14. 14. Progress <ul><li>One of the marks of the human species is the desire and ability to make improvements </li></ul><ul><li>Sometimes we call this ‘restlessness’ </li></ul>
  15. 15. Innovation <ul><li>We can never know when an innovation will occur </li></ul><ul><li>When will we find a source of energy to replace fossil fuels? </li></ul><ul><li>When will we invent a new mode of transportation? </li></ul><ul><li>When will we find a cure for cancer? </li></ul><ul><li>When will we create a global government? </li></ul>
  16. 16. <ul><li>What we do know is that every change we make affects in some small way the definition of our humanity and may affect the future forever </li></ul>Innovation

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