At any given moment it is easy to look back to see how technology has changed over time. At the same time it is difficult to see what transformations are taking place in current moment, and even more difficult to see where things are going.
In the late 19th century a revolution in science took off. It was easy to see the vast number of inventions and entrepreneurial spirit of the time. At the dawn of the 20th century, it seems that everything had been invented. Yet, in the 20th century we saw more innovations and more technologically advanced than in all history of mankind before that. Never in history have we seen such dramatic changes in the way people live and work.
In this lecture we explore what to make of technology. We define the term we will use in the course. Terms defined are technology, product performance, and innovation to name few.
WE BASE THE
ON WHAT WE KNOW
FROM THE PAST
Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic
- Arthur C. Clark’s 3rd Law
CENTURY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Ford model T
“He was the pre-eminent scientist in a
century dominated by science. The
touchstones of the era — the Bomb, the
Big Bang, quantum physics and
electronics — all bear his imprint.”
special theory of relativity
model of the atom
discovery of the electron
theory of continental drift
nuclear chain reaction
discovery of the positron, neutron
big bang theory
What is technology? Please provide a