Lim Jus494 Path Dependency

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Lim Jus494 Path Dependency

  1. 1. path dependence & technological momentum JUS 494 arizona state university professor: merlyna lim
  2. 2. This week...... Path dependence Technological momentum then...a look at two old ‘tools’ in a new way consider ‘complimentary technologies and ‘technological interdependence’ consider...what is one problem related to ‘complimentary technologies’?
  3. 3. Why do we have the arrangement of keys on the keyboard (for computers) that we have today? Why? QWERTY UIOP[ ASDFG HJKL; ZXCVB NM,./ Why not?  QWERTY KLMNO PQRST ABCDE VWX; FGHIJ YZ,./ Why not? AEIOU Y
  4. 4. picture of typewriter
  5. 5. Why do we have the keyboard we have today?  QWERTY keyboard for computers  People were already familiar with typing that way.  A product of technological decisions of the past  The technological decisions of today affect technological decisions of tomorrow  What do we call this?  Path Dependence
  6. 6. Technological momentum What is an example of technological momentum? Many times we have the opportunity/choice to change technology, but we choose the same technology anyway. Built into our biases or interests eg. If diesel fuel company was a big sponsor for the community chest (sponsor for sporting events), we might not want to change to LPG because of interests (for reasons other than the technology or other than pollution)
  7. 7. Another example windows 98, do we have to choose it? If we buy a new PC we do because microsoft makes so many of the products (compatibility). Their large market share limits our choices to some extent. You might not even take a free operating system if it is offered to you because of the chance it may not work the same with your MS-Word or Powerpoint your choices related to internet browsers may become limited in the future for similar reasons of money/ power/influence/bias rather than the effectiveness of the technology

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