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This slidecast is for TECH 3020: Technology Systems in Societies, at Bowling Green State University

This slidecast is for TECH 3020: Technology Systems in Societies, at Bowling Green State University

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  • Technology: “A system based on the application of knowledge, manifested in physical objects and organizational forms, for the attainment of specific goals.” (6)
  • Technologist: A specialist in some area of technology, who uses scientific knowledge to solve problems
  • “ When confronting technology, most of us are poorly informed spectators, seemingly incapable of understanding an esoteric realm of laser, microprocessors, gene splicing, and cruise missiles.” (1) Usually, whenever the public is shown a new technological advance, the reaction is “cool”. In terms of most technologies being supported by faith rather than understanding, this is due to none of us being experts in everything. As such, unless you are a electrician, when you walk into a room and turn on the light, you probably don’t think about the sequence of events leading to the light actually being on, and working. Rather, you just flick the switch and only think about the lights if they are NOT working after that.
  • “ When confronting technology, most of us are poorly informed spectators, seemingly incapable of understanding an esoteric realm of laser, microprocessors, gene splicing, and cruise missiles.” (1) Usually, whenever the public is shown a new technological advance, the reaction is “cool”. In terms of most technologies being supported by faith rather than understanding, this is due to none of us being experts in everything. As such, unless you are a electrician, when you walk into a room and turn on the light, you probably don’t think about the sequence of events leading to the light actually being on, and working. Rather, you just flick the switch and only think about the lights if they are NOT working after that. Show part of Trigger Effect video
  • James Burke – science & technology historian and cultural anthropologist http://www.k-web.org/
  • Show part of Trigger Effect video
  • Technology System: “ When a technology is seen as a combination of devices, skills, and organizational structures” (5) Essentially, numerous interconnected technologies Infrastructure / organization / planning
  • Automobiles Planes Bicycles Computers Telephones
  • What technologies and related organizational infrastructure comprise laptop computers, and have enabled them to become so widespread?

Transcript

  • 1.
    • Volti, Unit 1 information, chapters 1-3
    • The Nature of Technology
    • Winners and Losers: The Differential Effects of Technological Change
    • The Sources of Technological Change
  • 2.
    • Technology
  • 3.
    • Technologist
  • 4.
    • Volti “thoughts” from Chapter 1
    • Dynamic and cumulative in its development.
    • Technology is viewed in a favorable light by the public
  • 5.
    • Volti “thoughts” from Chapter 1
    • Supported more by faith rather than understanding.
    • Many are “woefully ignorant” and “passive consumers.
  • 6. May 18, 2010
  • 7.  
  • 8.
    • Technology
    • System
  • 9.
    • Technology System Req.
    • “ For an individual technology to operate effectively more is required than the invention of a particular piece of hardware; it has to be supported by other elements that are systematically interconnected.” (5)
    • “ development, production, and employment of particular technologies require a group effort.” (5)
  • 10.
    • Examples
  • 11.
          • Level II,
    Level I, Tech. Systems Level III
  • 12.
    • Engine
    • Wheels
    • Trans.
    • Frame
    Automobile
  • 13.
          • Designers
          • Manufacturers
          • Distributors
          • Drivers
          • Dealers
          • Rental agencies
    • Engine
    • Wheels
    • Trans.
    • Frame
    Automobile
  • 14.
          • Designers
          • Manufacturers
          • Distributors
          • Drivers
          • Dealers
          • Rental agencies
    • Engine
    • Wheels
    • Trans.
    • Frame
    Automobile
    • Roads
    • Highways
    • Gas stations
    • Service / repair
    • Taxes
    • Laws
    • Police
  • 15.
    • Gears
    • Wheels
    • Pedals
    • Frame
    Bicycle
  • 16.
          • Designers
          • Manufacturers
          • Distributors
          • Shipping
          • Dealers
          • Accessories
    • Gears
    • Wheels
    • Pedals
    • Frame
    Bicycle
  • 17.
          • Designers
          • Manufacturers
          • Distributors
          • Shipping
          • Dealers
          • Accessories
    • Gears
    • Wheels
    • Pedals
    • Frame
    Bicycle
    • Roads
    • Parts
    • Upgrades
    • Service / repair
    • Tours / races
    • Laws
  • 18.
          • Level II,
    Level I, Computers Level III,
  • 19.
    • Next
    • How do technologies originate and diffuse?
    • Current examples of both technologies and their respective inventors / entrepreneurs