Melvin Kranzberg, co-founder of the Society for History of Technology and former professor in the School of History and Sociology at Georgia Institute of Technology, was featured in the Wall Street Journal, November 26, article, “The Six Laws of Technology Everyone Should know.” The School of History and Sociology is part of the Georgia Tech Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts.
Three decades ago, a historian wrote six laws to explain society’s unease with the power and pervasiveness of technology. Though based on historical examples taken from the Cold War, the laws read as a cheat sheet for explaining our era of Facebook, Google, the iPhone and FOMO. You’ve probably never heard of these principles or their author, Melvin Kranzberg, a professor of the history of technology at Georgia Institute of Technology who died in 1995.
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