From design principles to product design: the role of technical codes

During my Kitetail blogging days, I explored the key principles of design. Today, I realize it is important to revisit these principles from the perspective of the critical theory of technology. Andrew Feenberg reminds us that "the choice between alternatives ultimately depends neither on technical … [Read more...]

From waste to value: product managers as activists

“Change the tool and you can change the world.” “You all live aboard a spaceship called earth.” — Buckminster Fuller Waste is a difficult concept as it is complex and subjective. In product management, especially with the emphasis on lean management and agile development, waste mainly refers to … [Read more...]

Product management: from meaning to product design and adoption

“If we can discover the meaning in the trilling of a frog, perhaps we may understand why it is for us not merely noise but a song of poetry and emotion.” — Adrian Forsyth Lets face it, we are meaning-making machines! We structure, navigate, perceive and interact with our environment and … [Read more...]

How well do we understand technology? Introducing Feenberg’s Ten Paradoxes of Technology

The palm of one fell on the trunk. 'This creature is like a water-spout', he said. Another touched the elephant’s ear, and to him the beat was like a fan. Yet another rubbed against its leg, claiming it like a pillar… Just like the story of the elephant and the blind monks, our ability to understand … [Read more...]

Values, biases, choices and technological progress

"The program we had in 1949 was a tortured thing that you could well argue did not make a great deal of technical sense. It was therefore possible to argue that you did not want it even if you could have it. The program in 1951 was technically so sweet that you could not argue about that. The issues … [Read more...]

Definition of technology: Why it matters?!

Technology is a difficult concept to define. But, it is that definition which gives us the context for creative and reflective exploration. For our purposes, I’ll be using the definition of technology from "Technically Speaking: Why All Americans Need to Know More About Technology" [1]. "Technology … [Read more...]

Thoughts on “Race Against the Machine”

"Race Against the Machine: How the Digital Revolution is Accelerating Innovation, Driving Productivity, and Irreversibly Transforming Employment and the Economy" is the brainchild of Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee. Please note that I have not read this book, and that this article references … [Read more...]

What drives technology?

"Human behavior flows from three main sources: desire, emotion, and knowledge." — Plato Technology is an instrument for achieving human goals. No doubt the creation of the earliest documented stone tools were driven by the need for survival and better living conditions. Egyptian pyramids and great … [Read more...]

Decomposing Technology’s Relationship With Society

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes … [Read more...]

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