INTRO TO THE SCIENCES 4

INTRO TO THE SCIENCES 4 - TECHNOLOGYANDTECHNOLOGYTRAPS

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TECHNOLOGY – AND TECHNOLOGY TRAPS               A technology trap is setup each time we come to rely on technology. The trap is  “sprung” when the technology fails and we are left worse off than before the technology  existed.   A. BRIEF HISTORY OF THE AUTOMOBILE – TECHNOLOGY TRAPS?               Automobility - the new technology. Automobiles were designed to replace the  horse and they promised to end some problems crowded cities.                A. City pollution               In New York City, at the turn of the century, horses deposited 2.5 million pounds  of “manure” and 60,000 gallons f urine per day.               On average, 15,000 dead horses were removed from the streets per year. They  dropped in droves on hot summer days and clogged traffic.               A 1908 estimate of the cost of not banning horses from New York was placed at  $100 million per year.                B. The automobile permitted escape from the city and created suburbia.               Henry Ford Said, "We shall solve the city problems by leaving the city"               "Imagine a healthier race of workingmen, toiling in cheerful and sanitary  factories, with mechanical skill and trade-craft developed to the highest, as the  machinery grows more delicate and perfect, who, in the late afternoon, glide away in  their own comfortable vehicles to their little farms or houses in the country or by the sea  twenty or thirty miles distant! They will be healthier, happier, more intelligent and self-
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This note was uploaded on 01/27/2012 for the course GEOL 1420 taught by Professor Wagner during the Fall '10 term at Texas State.

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INTRO TO THE SCIENCES 4 - TECHNOLOGYANDTECHNOLOGYTRAPS

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