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Minding the Machines: Preventing Technological Disasters by Mark Manion, William M. Evan

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Chapter 6. Three Industrial Revolutions and Beyond

 

“We must welcome the future, remembering that soon it will be the past and we must respect the past, knowing that once it was all that was humanly possible.”

 
 --George Santayana

The management of technological risks and the prevention of technological disasters pose economic, political, and conceptual challenges. This follows because the increasing complexity of technological systems leads to increasing risk, especially when scientists and engineers are constantly pushing the limits of technological knowledge and harnessing the vast powers of nature without full knowledge of the underlying forces or the risks involved. To fully understand and manage technological disasters, one must analyze their ...

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