A Light in the Abyss: Using Technology to Prepare for the Unknown

By Charles Harding.

Published by The Technology Collection

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Humans from different time periods appear to prefer facing the unknown with the aid of the best technology available; this preference can be recognized in humans from the beginning of civilization to the present. A review of the scientific investigation of Ötzi the Iceman, reveals physical evidence of the actual technological equipment that Copper Age travelers carried. The explorations of the bathyscaph Trieste give a clear and interesting portrait of the technology that mid-20th century explorers would bring with them on dangerous expeditions into the unknown and the effect of that technology on their emotional state of mind. These two cases illustrate that our species seems compelled to know what lies beyond our reach, and when we undertake the journey toward the unknown, it seems we are most comfortable with the latest technology close at hand.

Keywords: Human Preferences, Time Periods, Technology Preference, Ötzi the Iceman, Technological Equipment, Neolithic Age, Copper Age, Chalcolithic, Bronze Age, Stone Projectiles, Bathyscaph Trieste, Explorers, Expedition, Emotional State of Mind

International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 7, Issue 3, pp.79-86. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 739.721KB).

Prof. Charles Harding

Computer Science Instructor, Computer and Industrial Technology, Hutchinson Community College, Sterling, KS, USA

The author is a fourth generation technologist holding multiple certifications and degrees in computer science and communications and the recipient of the International Award for Excellence in the area of technology, knowledge and society. In his role as voice and data engineer, he has designed and managed the global communications network of Ovid Technologies and was responsible for an innovative solution that restored communications to their Manhattan office within three hours of the 9/11 attacks. In his role as software developer, he has emphasized designs that serve the software user, first at WordPerfect Corporation and recently with a whole college campus website redevelopment project implementing a new content management system. The spirit of adventure that drives his quest for knowledge and understanding is so strong that he has even driven his family to the Teotihuacan Pyramids of Mexico from the Western United States in order to better understand the culture that produced them and has studied at the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology in Italy. His passion is to help others understand technology and how it affects their lives and he is currently passing this torch on to a new generation of technologist while teaching computer science at Hutchinson Community College.

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