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STV100 Technological Progress Scott M. Campbell [email protected] University of Waterloo 23 November 2010 1/ 25
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Introduction: What is Progress? Is this progress? Is this progress? Rhymes with Orange 2/ 25
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Introduction: What is Progress? What is progress? What is progress? Is progress the same as advancement? 3/ 25
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Introduction: What is Progress? Advancement without context is false understanding Advancement without context is false understanding The oldest definitions of “progress” refer to voyages with destinations 4/ 25
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Introduction: What is Progress? As an example, consider your gas gauge... As an example, consider your gas gauge... Image:Auto fuel gauge.jpg 5/ 25
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Introduction: What is Progress? Technological progress ought to be linked to goals Technological progress ought to be linked to goals “A system based on the application of knowledge, manifested in physical objects and organizational forms, for the attainment of specific goals.” Rudi Volti 6/ 25
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Introduction: What is Progress? History can tell us who we are... History can tell us who we are... But we need to know our goals to tell us where we are going 7/ 25
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Introduction: What is Progress? Outline Outline Technological progress and goals Can we measure technological and social progress? Have we rationalized progress? Giono’s The Man Who Planted Trees 8/ 25
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Part I Measuring Technological Progress 9/ 25
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Measuring Technological Progress Final survey question: Final survey question: Should we measure technological progress?
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