Tech Solutions

Humanity's SaviorsThe time we’re living in is being called the Technology Revolution. It’s given us personal computers and cell phones and devices that, we all agree, make our lives altogether better. Everything is more efficient, more connected. Things can be ordered to appear at your door, getting lost in your car is almost impossible, and you don’t have to wait a whole day (or even hours) to find out what a celebrity thinks about something.

But while life has become more “frictionless,” old-fashioned concerns like wages and buying power haven’t been helped by Tech. On the contrary, they’ve been hurt. Unlike the Industrial Revolution that preceded it, the Technology Revolution has not lifted the mass of humanity out of poverty.

The Technology Revolution has coincided with an extended period of American economic decline. It’s coincided with the systematic evisceration of the Middle Class. It’s coincided with a period of wealth inequality that many are now considering dangerous, as in untenable and unsustainable.

Thankfully, Tech is smart. We can engineer solutions. Apps will be built. Algorithms will be written. Dilemmas will be automated. Instead of us Americans doing any sort of physical labor,Foxconn factory in Shenzhen. we’ll figure out how to comprehensively colonize a distant race of worker drones while calling the whole arrangement “globalization.” And then we highly-educated knowledge-based workers will be free to design things, making everything sleeker and slicker and ineffably cooler. We’ll all be designers! Even our farmers and plumbers.

Tech is what sets us all free to live a life of the mind. The really great thing about the Technology Revolution is that it gets more affordable annually. More processing power and memory and speed costs less. Tech will eventually make smartness cheap enough that our slaves can afford to be smart, too. And then all the planet’s work can be done by our iPhones. Problem solved! What a wonderful world, indeed.

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  1. So my first insight as a result of flipping my general chemistry course was this: The combination of technology and innovative pedagogical approaches emerging from high schools is mixing up who excels in college classrooms.

  2. This was a required text for a course on leading technology change in school settings. A few odd references that hinge on negative ethnic stereotypes aside, this book was of some use. What put me off a bit more was the very “us” v. “them” structure to the book, positing those who favor technology against those who don’t. I should be clear that I am actually referring just to a few chapters, but the tone set by said chapters left me feeling that an opportunity to engage all technology leaders in the effort to rethink our role in leadings schools “in the age of technology”.

  3. While it’s too early to foresee all that is in store, industry leaders do forecast at least 12 emerging technologies that will impact higher education in a big way. Onlinedegrees.org has conveniently put these emerging technologies in a neatly-packaged infographic, but below is a dissection of technologies that will most likely make the biggest difference within the next three years.

  4. The revived scientific spirit of the age can perhaps be best exemplified by the voluminous corpus of technical drawings which the artist-engineers left behind, reflecting the wide variety of interests the Renaissance Homo universalis pursued. The establishment of the laws of linear perspective by Brunelleschi gave his successors, such as Taccola , Francesco di Giorgio Martini and Leonardo da Vinci , a powerful instrument to depict mechanical devices for the first time in a realistic manner. The extant sketch books give modern historians of science invaluable insights into the standards of technology of the time. Renaissance engineers showed a strong proclivity to experimental study, drawing a variety of technical devices, many of which appeared for the first time in history on paper.

  5. Juana Hull says:

    Tremendous though today’s technological explosion is, it is hardly greater than the first great revolution technology wrought in human life seven thousand years ago when the first great civilization of man, the irrigation civilization, established itself. First in Mesopotamia, and then in Egypt and in the Indus Valley, and finally in China there appeared a new society and a new polity: the irrigation city, which then rapidly became the irrigation empire. No other change in man’s way of life and in his making a living, not even the changes under way today, so completely revolutionized human society and community. In fact, the irrigation civilizations were the beginning of history, if only because they brought writing.