17 January 2012

Melvin Kranzberg's six laws of technology

Melvin Kranzberg  (1986) "Technology and History: "Kranzberg's Laws"" Technology and Culture, Vol. 27, No. 3, pp. 544-560.
  1. Technology is neither good nor bad; nor is it neutral.
  2. Invention is the mother of necessity.
  3. Technology comes in packages, big and small.
  4. Although technology might be a prime element in many public issues, nontechnical factors take precedence in technology-policy decisions.
  5. All history is relevant, but the history of technology is the most relevant.
  6. Technology is a very human activity - and so is the history of technology.


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