Biases in Technology: The Case of The Bicycle


Most of us are prepared to accept the notion that Science is objective. The application of Science, however, is another story. Technology is driven not only by the matrix of demand and supply, it also springs from cultural biases.

Once a new technology has rooted itself, society cannot help but be formed by it. Man may have constructed Machine, but once it’s there, it is Machine that makes Man. Information and Communication Technologies are a case in point. We cannot now imagine social life without them. The automobile is another example of a technology that has shaped our world beyond recognition.

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