Leveling the Playing Field: The Democratization of Technology

Leveling the Playing Field: The Democratization of Technology

by Rod Scher


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Leveling the Playing Field explores the technologies that “trickle down” to the rest of us, those that were once the domain of the wealthy and powerful—and which therefore tended to make them even more wealthy and powerful. Now, though, these technologies—from books to computers to 3D printing and beyond—have become part of a common toolkit, one accessible to almost anyone, or at least to many more than had heretofore had access. This is what happens with most technologies: They begin in the hands of the few, and they end up in the hands of the many. Along the way, they sometimes transform the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442239265
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 08/01/2016
Pages: 344
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Rod Scher received his M.Ed from the University of Oregon. A longtime boating enthusiast, writer, and former English teacher, he is an editor for Smart Computing Magazine. He lives in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments viii

Introduction ix

Chapter 1 Foundations: Fire and Stone 1

Chapter 2 Let's Talk: Language and Writing 24

Chapter 3 A Communication Revolution: Books and Printing 48

Chapter 4 Goin' Mobile: The Automobile 78

Chapter 5 Drones: Robots in the Skies 95

Chapter 6 Enhancing Your Brain: Computers and the Internet 115

Chapter 7 Finding Your Way: GPS 148

Chapter 8 A Revolution in a Box: 3D Printing 174

Chapter 9 Don't Call Me, I'll Call You: Tire Rise of the Smartphone 197

Chapter 10 We're Following You: Social Media 220

Chapter 11 Everything Is Connected: The Internet of Things. 242

Chapter 12 Everyone Is Watching You: The Death of Privacy 259

Afterword: The Death of Ötzi 286

Bibliography 290

Index 318

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