Kranzberg’s Laws of Technology

Michael Sacasas explains Kranzberg’s Six Laws of Technology, “a series of truisms deriving from a longtime immersion in the study of the development of technology and its interactions with sociocultural change”:

  1. Technology is neither good nor bad; nor is it neutral.
  2. Invention is the mother of necessity.
  3. Technology comes in packages, big and small.
  4. Although technology might be a prime element in many public issues, nontechnical factors take precedence in technology-policy decisions.
  5. All history is relevant, but the history of technology is the most relevant.
  6. Technology is a very human activity—and so is the history of technology.

A nuanced take on technology’s role in shaping our lives and societies.

Kranzberg’s Six Laws of Technology, a Metaphor, and a Story