Technology cannot always provide successful solutions to problems or fulfill all human needs.
Learning Goal 3
Throughout history, people have carried out impressive technological feats, some of which would be hard to duplicate today even with modern tools. The purposes served by these achievements have sometimes been practical, sometimes ceremonial.
Learning Goal 4
Technology is largely responsible for the great revolutions in agriculture, manufacturing, sanitation and medicine, warfare, transportation, information processing, and communications that have radically changed how people live and work.
Learning Goal 5
New technologies increase some risks and decrease others. Some of the same technologies that have improved the length and quality of life for many people have also brought new risks.
Learning Goal 6
Rarely are technology issues simple and one-sided. Relevant facts alone, even when known and available, usually do not settle matters. That is because contending groups may have different values and priorities. They may stand to gain or lose in different degrees, or may make very different predictions about what the future consequences of the proposed action will be.
Learning Goal 7
Societies influence what aspects of technology are developed and how these are used. People control technology (as well as science) and are responsible for its effects.
Learning Goal 8
Scientific laws, engineering principles, properties of materials, and construction techniques must be taken into account in designing engineering solutions to problems.
Learning Goal 9
In all technologies, there are always trade-offs to be made.