Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Men, Machines, and Modern Times$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

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

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM MIT PRESS SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.mitpress.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright The MIT Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in MITSO for personal use.date: 23 May 2022

Some Proposals

Some Proposals

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

Elting E. Morison

The MIT Press

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

MIT Press Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.