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