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How should we define technology?
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A narrow definition of technology, in the context of the city
May 09, 2013 Stephen S22
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I think that many of the definitions of technology given here are right, but I also think we should look to define it more narrowly for the purposes of this course. When we say "technology" in this course we should mean technology that is unique to the city, or has a unique application towards solving specifically urban problems. For example, cars are a technology, but they aren't a specifically urban technology, as they're used in both urban, rural, and suburban cities. Light rail would count as an urban technology, because it is used predominately in cities. A system for managing car traffic would be an urban technology, because traffic problems are endemic to cities, not the countryside. WHen we say "technology" in this course, we should understand it to mean "urban technology."


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