Practical, socially relevant technology

Peo­ple use the word tech­nol­o­gy for “every­thing that does­n’t work yet.” Danny Hillis, a com­put­er sci­en­tist and entre­pre­neur, point­ed out that the best tech­nol­o­gy is unseen: once tech­nolo­gies works, they sim­ply become com­put­ers, tele­phones. cars, etc. Peo­ple accept tech­nolo­gies, when they regard them as providers of reli­able rou­tine solu­tions of prob­lems, most of them belong­ing to one if the the “3Ds” cat­e­gories: dull, dan­ger­ous and dirty. Take robots: as long as we

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