One of the first lectures is titled “Technology: Definitions & Origins.” The goa


One of the first lectures is titled “Technology: Definitions & Origins.” The goal of this lecture is to establish some hard boundaries for those items, objects, systems, etc that we consider technology and those that we do not.
One of the biggest differences between what qualifies as technology and what does not is represented by naturally occurring phenomena. In short, most naturally occurring phenomena do not qualify as technologies (consider, for example, the difference between sunlight and a lamp). In spite of this glaring difference, there are many technological artifacts that we take for granted–that is, although they may traditionally satisfy the criteria in order to be considered technology, they do not tend to first come to mind when we conceptually think about technology.
The goal of your first short paper assignment is to consider an example of these more base technologies and how it impacts your day-to-day life. The technological artifact that you will analyze is: the hinge.
As a technology, the hinge can be defined as “a movable joint or mechanism on which a door, gate, or lid swings as it opens and closes, or that connects linked objects” (OED, 2014).
Consider this object in the context of your everyday life. For example, just thinking about your morning today, how would your activity stream have been different if the hinge had never been invented? If not your morning, think about your commute, your job, your hobbies, etc.
You can read more about the hinge and its history by https://www.thomasnet.com/articles/hardware/door-hinge-evolution-and-history/, but for the purposes of this first short paper, your analysis should center on how some area(s)/aspect(s) of your personal life would differ considerably if the hinge had never come into existence.


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