Category Archives: History of technology

Songs from the Hungerland: reflections on Ecomodernism, history, and Nature

Songs from the Hungerland in response to 21.10.15 The Guardian opinion piece: The Brave New World of Ecomodernism During spring and summer 2014, I spent many nights under the Finnish sky. Early the next morning where the picture above was taken, I … Continue reading

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Space system “Shuttle,” part of USA’s nuclear attack arsenal?

  The story of a white elephant colloquially known as the Space Shuttle is familiar to most students of the history of technology. The shuttle was originally touted as a cheap way to access space: being mostly reusable, it would … Continue reading

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On the relationship between regulation, technological change and competitiveness

Translation of my presentation in the 38th Ilmansuojelupäivät in Lappeenranta, Finland, 20.8.2013 If we deconstruct the topic of the panel, “is environmental protection a threat or an opportunity to a country’s competitiveness,” sooner or later we will end up considering … Continue reading

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What the necessity mothers: energy shortage and the development of copper smelting furnaces, 1900-1980

An old adage tells us that necessity is the mother of invention. But if necessity were the prime mover of invention, why, then, there are so many really nifty technologies – say, antigravity – that would be obviously useful, yet … Continue reading

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Of nuclear weapons, nuclear threats, and nuclear-free world

Being old enough to dimly remember something about the late 1980s, I’ve always been fascinated by the history of the Cold War. I’ve been researching one aspect in particular: the development, deployment and (so far, with two noted exceptions) the non-use … Continue reading

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Explaining the evolution of technologies, firms, and industries: some notes on my PhD thesis methodology

Here’s the presentation I gave at our faculty’s research seminar in late October 2010. I’m interested in using Complexity Theories and Information Theory to analyze the evolution of technology as a result of resource constraints. This presentation looks into my … Continue reading

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