Chap_5-Volti

Chap_5-Volti - Chapter 5 STS 101 Diffusion of technology...

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Chapter 5 STS 101
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Diffusion of technology Diffusion – the process by which technology flows from one individual, group, company, and/or country to another http://www.speedofcreativity.org/category/design/
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The flow depends on: (a) who has the better ideas (b) the desire to share (c) the degree of receptiveness to new ideas and technology http://www.atp.nist.gov/atp/atp_mep_files/image010.gif
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Diffusion is important
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China in 1500 Had the most advanced technological developments at that time http://www.ancientweb.org/images/ china/gunpowder.gif http://www.salt.org.il/main.htm
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Diffusion into Europe Europe adopted these technologies and became a dominant world power The willingness to accept new technology was important http://www.rain.org/campinternet/ast ronomy/img/marco_polo_route.jpg http://elementaryteacher.files.wordpres s.com/2007/10/marcopolo.jpg
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So what happened to China Unwillingness to accept foreign technology led to overthrow by the British in 1800s http://www.sacu.org/britishchinese.html
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Resistance to new technology Combination of several factors: Cultural/Societal Political (capitalist vs. communistic – for example, the bomb) Economic (cost)
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What about American Ingenuity? Turns out many of our American icons
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Chap_5-Volti - Chapter 5 STS 101 Diffusion of technology...

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