Industrial-Technological Disruption Leads to New Inventions

1040 Words Feb 21st, 2018 4 Pages
This cycle of escalation is impeded by counter-cyclical trends such as science experiencing model crisis, stalled technologies, andunintended consequences of engineering.
Among the unintended consequences of engineering I specifically cited industrial accidents. I explicitly discussed industrial accidents inImpossible Desires and Industrialized Civilization and its Accidents. I also discussed industrial accidents obliquely in Complex Systems and Complex Failure, which was concerned with the ways in which complex systems fail; it is a feature of industrial-technological civilization that as science and technology become more sophisticated, the systems that they produce become more complex and therefore exemplify complex failure when they fail. We like to think that we learn the lessons of our accidents and do better next time. And we do. We learn some hard lessons at the cost of lives, capital, and wasted time.
Learning our lessons, however, does not prevent future industrial accidents, because the cycle that drives industrial-technological civilization develops by continually revolutionizing production, and the continual revolutionizing of production means that there are always new…
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