Is this technology or can it be thrown away?

About the reversibility of technologies

Keywords: philosophy of technology, system theory, reversible technology, error friendliness


Reversible 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.
How to Cite
KORNWACHS, K. Is this technology or can it be thrown away?. TATuP - Zeitschrift für Technikfolgenabschätzung in Theorie und Praxis, v. 30, n. 1, p. 63-68, 31 Mar. 2021.