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Elting E. Morison

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780262529310

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262529310.001.0001

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Some Proposals

Some Proposals

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(p.271) 8 Some Proposals
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Men, Machines, and Modern Times
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Elting E. Morison

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262529310.003.0008

This chapter makes a number of proposals on how to organize and manage the system of ideas, energies, and machinery so it will conform to all the human dimensions. The problem is how to reverse the process by which technology tends to create its own environment and set of conditions. If we are to manage the powerful system we have created in our own interests, we must also create a new sort of culture that will give clear definition to what, in the new scheme of things, our interests really are. This chapter recommends an “experimental society” that will collectively weigh and sort through innovations, accepting some and rejecting others. This experimental society does not necessarily adapt to its technological means, but finds other means to control its ends.

Keywords:   machinery, technology, culture, experimental society, innovation

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