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”:
- Technology is neither good nor bad; nor is it neutral.
- Invention is the mother of necessity.
- Technology comes in packages, big and small.
- Although technology might be a prime element in many public issues, nontechnical factors take precedence in technology-policy decisions.
- All history is relevant, but the history of technology is the most relevant.
- 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.