The Neotechnic Phase Amish Shah Lara Owens Jennifer Holzhauser Time Period 1830-1930 Third developmental stage of the Machine The Neotechnic phase is an evolution from the Eotechnic and Paleotechnic phases, but a large gap exists between the neo- and paleo- phases.
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-Development of the modern perspective and refinement
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“Here is a new material: problem- find a new use for it. Or here was a necessary utility: problem- find the theoretic formula which would permit it to be produced.” (p 218)
Examples: rubber, nylon, personal transportation
“With the use of electricity, as Henry Ford has pointed out, small units of production can nevertheless be utilized by large units of administration, for efficient administration depends on record-keeping, charting, routing, and communication, and not necessarily upon a local overseership. In a work, the size of the productive unit is no longer determined by the local requirements of either the steam engine or the managerial staff: it is a function of the operation itself.”
“The electric power plant is not merely the driving force in the new technology, it is likewise perhaps one of the most characteristic end-products, for it is in itself an exhibition of that complete automation to which..our modern system tends.” Mumford p227
….came from where???
A + B C + D
(must always be true)
the kite experiment
2003 Super bowl
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Volunteer Fire Company: Lafayette, OR (1916)
Will it take another revolution to break the cycle and introduce a new globalized source of energy production?
Iraqi oil fires ~National Geographic
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