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Alan Kay, a superb polymath who has worked at Atari, Xerox, Apple, and Disney, came up with nearly as good a definition of know-how as I’ve heard. The truth is, know-how is a word we use all the time, and ordinarily it seems to work nicely sufficient as a shorthand, catch-all type of phrase,” notes the at all times-insightful Michael Sacasas in his essay Traditions of Technological Criticism” That same typically helpful high quality, nonetheless, makes it inadequate and counter-productive in conditions that decision for extra precise terminology,” he says.

Karl Marx didn’t condemn the steam engine or the spinning mill for the vices of the bourgeois mode of production; he believed that ongoing technological innovation were crucial steps towards the extra blissful levels of socialism and communism of the longer term (see Bimber (1990) for a latest discussion of different views on the role of expertise in Marx’s idea of historical growth).

In determining the trajectory of technological achievement (and the encircling social conditions) it is at all times useful to see the evolutionary path of technology (though the history of mankind has witnessed some occasions that might be labeled as technological revolutions”, the place the trail is seemingly …