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    SOSC111   Science, Technology & Society Lecture 4 Technological  Networks
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Building a Toolbox For the next few lectures we are going  to learn about some ideas and concepts  from different fields, including  economics, political science, sociology,  and history. These ideas will form our “ toolbox ,” our  analytical framework  for getting a  better understanding of technology.
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Analysis of technology These tools will help us take technologies  apart – not physically, but  mentally .   Ultimately these should help us see  technologies in  different ways You should become aware of the way that  technologies are  linked  together and to our  daily life  You should also think more about the  effects   of technology – both positive and negative. ..
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Which car would you want to  drive in year 1000AD?
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The Automobile:  Technological Inputs Automobile is part of a system that requires –  is  dependent  on – many   inputs : Roadways and bridges Traffic signals, signs Petroleum production and distribution Manufacturing and repair Steel production Chemical production Machine tools (for assembly)
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You cannot drive a car without  petrol! Technologies don’t just occur at any time and  place in history!   They develop within a specific context of  other technologies. Technological dependence    Technological artifacts are also  dependent  on  knowledge  – they often require specific  knowledge for their design, production, and  operation.
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Required Facilities and  Knowledge Facilities Roadways and  bridges Traffic signals and  signs Petroleum  production and  distribution Knowledge Civil engineering Transportation  engineering Petroleum  engineering and  geology
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We should recall that technology is more than  just artifacts.  It includes knowledge as well. Bus Driver’s Ed. Roadways Petrol Traffic Signals Chemical Eng. Civil Eng. Trans. Eng.
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Better to Use a Horse… 1000 years ago, it  would be more  convenient to use a  horse But using a horse  also required some  inputs (things and  knowledge) Which inputs?
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LPG Busses and Taxis The change to LPG as fuel for taxis in  Hong Kong in 1999 required; Building new LPG driven Toyota cars Replacing diesel taxis with LPG taxis Creating LPG fuel stations
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Technological Dependence Think about other examples…
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Complementary Technologies What about different technologies that  don’t necessarily require each other, but  are used in conjunction with each  other?
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