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Huge US command-
Pentagon boffinry powerhouse DARPA has announced plans to fit a giant new US military command and control airship - known as "Blue Devil Block 2" - with through-the-air optical links offering bandwidth normally achievable only by fibre cables. This is to be done using newly-applied technology developed in the 1990s for use in astronomical telescopes.
technology  military  astronomy  optics  military-industrial-complex  technology-adoption 
january 2012 by tsuomela
Rocket Radio - an Article by William Gibson
"ONCE PERFECTED, communication technologies rarely die out entirely
technology  technology-adoption  user  street  adaptation  anarchy  future  prediction 
april 2011 by tsuomela
UnderstandingSociety: Transmitting technology
So perhaps the short answer to the question posed above about cross-civilizational technology transfer is this: "transfer" looks a lot more like "reinvention" than it does "imitation."  It was necessary for Chinese experimenters, officials, and military officers to create a new set of institutions and technical capacities before this apparently simple new technological idea could find its way into Chinese implementations on a large scale.
technocracy  technology-adoption  cross-culture  transfer  china  steam-engine  history  sts 
november 2010 by tsuomela
Meet the New Enterprise Customer, He’s a Lot Like the Old Enterprise Customer // ben's blog
20 years ago, the technology adoption curve generally conformed to the following order:

Government—specifically Defense and Intelligence organizations
Businesses—with large businesses going first and smaller businesses adopting later
Consumers
Today things have completely reversed. The latest technology goes to consumers first, followed by small enterprises that behave like consumers, then larger ones, then the military. The stunning reversal is one of many profound side effects of broad scale Internet adoption.
business  technology  technology-adoption  diffusion  innovation  adoption 
november 2010 by tsuomela
Schummer - The Popularization of Emerging Technologies through Ethics: From Nanotechnology to Synthetic Biology
We are used to considering engineering ethics largely a critical enterprise. By pointing out ethical issues and by raising concerns about a technology, ethicists usually criticise rather than promote the technology in question. Of course, from a utilitarianist perspective, an ethicist might come to the conclusion that a certain technology is better than another one or than doing without. However, such conclusions are rare in philosophy and would not be considered uncritical promotion. In this essay I argue that engineering ethics, almost unavoidably, turns into the promotion and popularisation of a technology if that technology does not exist yet but is considered to be emerging in the near future. In other words, ethics of emerging technologies is not only prone to but almost destined to play a propaganda role in the public sphere.
history  science  engineering  ethics  popularize  distribution  technology-adoption  sts 
july 2010 by tsuomela
Clifford Nass
Clifford Nass is currently the Thomas M. Storke Professor at Stanford University
people  academic  research  computer  technology  technology-effects  communication  hci  human  technology-adoption  interaction  media-studies  school(Stanford) 
august 2009 by tsuomela
apophenia: some thoughts on technophilia
Technology does not determine practice. How people embrace technology has less to do with the technology itself than with the social setting in which they are embedded. Those who are immersed in a techno-savvy, technophilic community are far more likely to embrace technology than those whose social world is shaped by other patterns of consumption and communication. People's practices are also shaped by those around them. There are cluster effects to socio-technical engagement. In other words, people do what their friends do.
technology  technology-adoption  education  learning  culture  digital  community  determinism  sts 
august 2009 by tsuomela
Barriers to understanding Twitter | Made By Many - London based next generation social media digital agency
Taking down some of the silly things said against Twitter. Such as “Twittering stems from a lack of identity. It’s a constant update of who you are, what you are, where you are. Nobody would Twitter if they had a strong sense of identity.” ?!?
twitter  journalism  media  psychology  experience  moral-panic  technology-adoption 
march 2009 by tsuomela

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