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068: Tech Epochs (I)

A theory of tech cycles, by Douglas Adams.

Jeremy Finch
Jeremy Finch
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068: Tech Epochs (I)

This is a quote from Douglas Adams,
author of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.


I've come up with a set of rules that describe our reactions to technologies:

Anything that is in the world when you’re born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural part of the way the world works. Anything that's invented between when you’re fifteen and thirty-five is new and exciting and revolutionary and you can probably get a career in it. Anything invented after you're thirty-five is against the natural order of things.”

I've been thinking about this framework.

A visual rendition :

What falls into each category for you?
Agree / Disagree?


Part II in this series :

069: Tech Epochs (II)
Frameworks for technological change.

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071: Reader Mailbag (VII)
Reader reactions to “Tech Epochs”.

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