Evolution of Technology (TEC 154 2014S) : EBoards
TEC 154 2014S, Class 40: Wrapup
- About the final.
- Work since break.
- The subject matter of this course.
- End-of-course evaluation.
- No note takers today (other than Sam)
- Distributed: Sample final examination
- I haven't seen any followup to my comments on your papers or edits.
- In many cases, you are expected to do another edit and to make
sure to Cc me on that edit.
- I will accept late questions on readings until Friday of finals week.
- The schedule has been rearranged slightly. It looks like we'll have
two presentations on Friday. So, we're doing the wrapup class today.
- A few groups have asked to have until next Monday for their papers. I
don't like having an exam and a paper due the same week, but I've said
yes. Do any other groups want the Monday option?
Plans for Wednesday and Friday
- Airport security
- In-car tech
- Digital photography
- Voting machines
- Plus: A bit of final review
The Format of the Final
- 20 short-answer questions. similar to the questions on the first part
of the mid-semester examination.
- Four categories: Student projects, Post-break technologies,
A new reading, and "Miscellaneous".
- You may bring one double-sided sheet to the examination. Can be
hand-written or computer generated or both.
- If you want to type your answers on a computer, you may do so. I will
provide an electornic version of the exam on a memory stick.
What We've Done Since Break
- Biotechnology (Robertson)
- Patents, IP, and Innovation (Graham)
- Bioprospecting and Biopiracy (Roper)
- Futuring, Revisited and Hypertext (Rebelsky)
- Paper (Trimmer and Running)
- Theatre (Thomas)
- Social Media (Yoose)
- Student-presented Technologies
- A host of technology-specific readings (I'll generally look for
big themes, rather than precise details)
- Launching the Innovation Renaissance
- "As We May Think"
- Developed a few new perspectives
- More considerations of social implications (Roper, Yoose, Robertson)
- For the individual
- For different cultures
- We need to think beyond the Western perspective [Sam notes that
he'll find a way to ask a question about this on the final, if just
"What did Tyler suggest in class 40?"]
- Technology is not just there, it is owned by people, which means
that they can limit its use
- The interaction between technology and its audience, particularly
in the arts
- What are the incentives to innovate. (A challenge to Petroski's
"Engineering is a natural human endeavor.")
- Incentives are potentially biased (e.g., to large companies).
"All incentives are political"
- Even something as apparantly simple as theatre has evolved significantly
and uses a lot of technology.
- A lot of technology is behind the scenes. [Hmm ... another
- Where does responsiblity lie when a technology fails (and it will),
or causes adverse effects for others?
- What is lost when a new technology takes over? E.g., when we give
up on traditional papermaking or traditional biologies.
- Disconnect from nature that seems to happen as technologies advance.
The Subject Matter of the Course
I think of this course as having three main subject matters
Individual technologies - To talk about technology, you need to have thought about and understood particular technologies
Lenses - We need to know more than how a technology works, we need to
consider its effect and milieu
- Too many to list
- I hope that after you leave this course, whenever you encounter a new technology, you ask yourself some of the questions these lenses reveal.
General - I expect that every Grinnell course should help to enhance your learning and thinking skills
- Identifying key points in readings
- Synthesis - Applying an idea from one context to another
- The power of collaboration
- Whether you like it or not, being able to think on your feet is an
End of Course Evaluation
- Fill it out.
- A volunteer will turn it in to the Science Division Office.