Abstract

Past waves of technological evolution, characterized by core technologies such as steam engines, have been characterized by powerful, and not always peaceful, change across institutions, economies, and cultures. We are currently moving towards an anthropogenic Earth characterized by integrated built/human/natural systems of extraordinary complexity, increasingly defined by technology and technology systems exhibiting accelerating rates of change. These raise substantial challenges for engineers and technologies, as well as for society as a whole.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2009 IEEE International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology, ISSST '09 in Cooperation with 2009 IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society, ISTAS
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Event2009 IEEE International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology, ISSST '09 in Cooperation with 2009 IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society, ISTAS - Tempe, AZ, United States
Duration: May 18 2009May 20 2009

Other

Other2009 IEEE International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology, ISSST '09 in Cooperation with 2009 IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society, ISTAS
CountryUnited States
CityTempe, AZ
Period5/18/095/20/09

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Keywords

  • Emerging technologies
  • Innovation
  • Sustainability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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Allenby, B. (2009). The challenge of emerging technologies. In 2009 IEEE International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology, ISSST '09 in Cooperation with 2009 IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society, ISTAS [5156703] https://doi.org/10.1109/ISSST.2009.5156703