Monday, July 5, 2010

Weaknesses In Technology Adoption

"Reiser is at his best when reviewing how a particular technology was developed, how it was advanced, and how it can be indicative of the general process of technological adoption. …he points out the tendency of advocates of these technologies to attack existing approaches in favour of increasingly scientific and objective tools. Thus, advocates of the stethoscope pointed out the weakness of relying on the patient's story, and those of the x-ray criticized physicians who relied solely on the stethoscope and the senses. "It has become the norm in the battle for the succession of technologies in medicine," Reiser concludes, "to have winners and losers."

The Impacts Of Innovation, SCIENCE, 30 Apr 2010, p570. (http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/sci;328/5978/570)

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