The temptation of technical fixes could be overcome—at least that’s how an engineer might see it—by the inclusion of the social sciences in the systematic growth and application of knowledge to the answer of human issues. Social engineering is to many a specter to be saved at as massive a distance as possible as an alternative of an ideal to be pursued. Karl Popper referred to acceptable forms of implementing social change as ‘piecemeal social engineering’ and contrasted it to the revolutionary however fully unfounded schemes advocated by, e.g., Marxism.
In physics, the invention of nuclear fission has led to each nuclear weapons and nuclear power. Computers were invented and later miniaturized utilizing transistors and integrated circuits. Information technology, particularly the optical fiber and optical amplifiers that led to the start of the Internet, which ushered within the Information Age. Humans started to discover space with satellites and in crewed …Continue Reading