Technology must continue to accelerate for at least four reasons: innate human curiosity about the human inclination to stock knowledge, the special nature of science and technology, culture, and the competitive drive for-profit organizations. Following the development of these reasons, and their interactions, this essay briefly considers potential impacts unrestrainable technological acceleration on issues such as the autonomy of the university, the erosion of science and technology, culture, f … Read more »

Technology must continue to accelerate for at least four reasons: innate human curiosity about the human inclination to stock knowledge, the special nature of science and technology, culture, and the competitive drive for-profit organizations. Following the development of these reasons, and their interactions, this essay briefly considers potential impacts unrestrainable technological acceleration on issues such as the autonomy of the university, the erosion of science and technology, culture, future human-induced disasters, and the likelihood of technology-driven social upheavals. Some possible coping strategies proposed.
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Harold J. Leavitt
Source: California Management Review
16 pages.
Release Date: 1 January 2002. Prod #: CMR224-PDF-ENG
Technology and organizations: Where’s the off button? HBR case solution

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