APSC 150 Lect 1-3 Part II Appropriate technology

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Unformatted text preview: Presented by: Engineers Without Borders Simple Complicated Complex Easy to understand Easy to solve Not simple, but still knowable with time, instruction, or practice Not fully knowable, but reasonably predictable Complex systems are not constructed, they are grown Dr. Fritz Schumacher British economist Small is Beautiful: Economics as if people mattered Schumacher argued for a more grass roots approach Solutions need to be developed from the ground up It "changes with each situation" -- as it must in a natural world where people matter. Mother Nature never heard of "standardization", that's a concept from an economic world where people don't matter, except perhaps as workers and consumers. Appropriate technology has to fit the infinite variety of life on Earth, rather than forcing life to fit the technology. Appropriate technology is technology that fits. from http://journeytoforever.org/at.html In many cases the problems with implementation of technology tend to be social rather than technical issues You can nearly perfect a technology in theory but forgetting the human element can ruin the project Three PacifiCat ferries built in 1999 Goals of program: Revitalize BC shipbuilding industry Decrease long queues, back-ups Decrease residential traffic Decrease truck traffic More frequent service Alternate truck route Smaller capacity ships 100% reservation system Aluminum, dual-hull catamarans $ 210 million $460 million SOLD $19.4 million!...
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