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Technology and Society by R. G. Menon

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Technology, Science and Society

In this chapter we try to draw some lessons form the march of technological progress with the benefit of hindsight. We note that technologies have evolved to meet societal requirements, drawing upon local resources and ingenuity. The gap that developed between theory and practice hurt both. Industrial revolution helped to correct this error and now scientific and technological developments are greatly inter-related. Technology has shaped the society, and also influenced its morals and values. It has now developed to such an extent that now we are able to eradicate poverty and deprivation if only we have the will to do so and the willingness to share. But we have to guard against over-production and over-exploitation ...

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