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The Ongoing Technological System

Book Description

The high level of innovation currently transforming our society and its technological dynamics can be seen as a second wave of innovation of the third technological system, which emerged in the late 1970s.

This book discusses the concept of technological systems, focusing on the tools used for formalizing the organization of technology in society and its dynamics of evolution.

The author uses these tools to characterize the contemporary technological system and to model its specific dynamics. In doing so, he raises questions about the continuity of the current technological system, and its capacity to generate powerful innovatory movements.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title
  3. Copyright
  4. Introduction
  5. 1 How Can a Technological System be Understood and Analyzed?
    1. 1.1. Introduction
    2. 1.2. The construction of technology analysis models in systems
    3. 1.3. The representation of the movement: the technological lifecycle, the discontinuity of the technical movement
    4. 1.4. Model for the internal restructuring of technology systems by means of the three components: technique–architecture–function
  6. 2 The Historical Dynamics of Technological Systems: Putting the Contemporary Technological System into Historical Perspective
    1. 2.1. The great pre-industrial technological system
    2. 2.2. The English Industrial Revolution and the first industrial technological system
  7. 3 The Contemporary Technological System Emerges from the Previous One or the Third Technological Revolution
    1. 3.1. The second industrial technological system
    2. 3.2. The electromechanical technological system crisis
  8. 4 Formation of the Third Technological System and First Wave of the New Technological System
    1. 4.1. Emergence of new generic technologies
    2. 4.2. The structuring of the new technological system
    3. 4.3. Societal and epistemological transformation
  9. 5 The Second Wave of the Third Technological System
    1. 5.1. Maturation and bifurcation of generic technologies generating a second technological wave
    2. 5.2. Applications re-composition and development
    3. 5.3. The wave of new technical systems, new objects and new functionality
    4. 5.4. Environmental pressure, a source of change in the trajectory of innovation
  10. 6 The Second Wave of the Technology System Transforms and Reorganizes the Economy and Social Systems
    1. 6.1. New markets, new industries, new business models
    2. 6.2. Disruption of the production system
    3. 6.3. New modes of economy
    4. 6.4. Interaction with social dynamics
  11. Conclusion: The Future of the Contemporary Technological System: Continuity or Disruption?
  12. Bibliography
  13. Index
  14. End User License Agreement