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What is Technology? IAH 206 August 27 th , 2008
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What is technology? We must know the difference between technology and nontech. in order to assess the interplay between technology, society, and the self Are all technologies ARTIFACTS, i.e. human made objects?
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Clicker question: Which of the following are technologies? A: Computer, government, and apples B: Computer and government C: Just a computer D: None of them
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Are all technologies artifacts? No. Computer programs are not objects. TECHNE: Greek for art, craft, or skill used in producing something, including artifacts, but also non-artifacts like music. Techne is not the thing produced, but the technique used to produce it.
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What is technology? The organization of knowledge, people, and things to accomplish specific practical goals. (Morton Winston,
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Unformatted text preview: Children of Invention) On this definition, many technologies are systems of elements working together, e.g. the interstate roadway system, the power grid, Michigan State University, the U.S. government The elements of technological systems Take for example the Interstate Roadway system. Its elements include: 1. Resources and materials 2. Techniques, knowledge, and tools 3. The problem it typically solves, in this case, getting from one place to another easily 4. The social context which makes the roadway a useful solution to the problem in 3 Example of 4: Without cell phone towers, cell phones not useful way of communicating. Perhaps smoke signals are better in some circumstances. Hence, the value of a technology is heavily dependent upon social context....
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This note was uploaded on 09/29/2008 for the course IAH 206 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '08 term at Michigan State University.

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