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Slower technology

Technology means wood and corrugated iron as well as IT and gadgetry

By David Edgerton   February 2007

Our thinking about technology is deficient. We are over- impressed by apparent novelty, by speed, noise and general whizziness. We need a more grown-up way of thinking about the past, present and future of technology.

The term “technology” has in recent decades become closely associated with invention, innovation, creativity and the future. Today it sometimes seems to mean little more than novelties in information technology. Students of technology have a narrow focus: they study research and development, patents and the early stages of technical developments. But to understand technology in society, one needs to study technologies that are in wide…

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