Is this technology or can it be thrown away?
About the reversibility of technologies
Keywords:philosophy of technology, system theory, reversible technology, error friendliness
AbstractReversible technologies are those that can be taken back, i.e., they can be switched off, dismantled, and, if necessary, replaced by existing new technologies. Irreversible technologies are a burden. A typology of take back or reversibility is developed and discussed on the basis of irreversible technologies. It is proposed to include reversibility as a value criterion for technology assessment. Some considerations on the design of reversible technologies are presented.
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