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CONNECTIONS - # 4 FAITH IN NUMBERS

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CONNECTIONS - # 4 FAITH IN NUMBERS
GPS
"The Road Ahead"
Content
Summary
Concept Map
Critical Thinking
Key points & Questions
SUMMARY
James Burke, Science historian
Presents the chain of events which led to the evolution of the water wheel into the computer; and the technological advancement involved
Not just technology, but he also talks about how communication, societies, economy, politics and travel speeds-up the evolution
CONCEPT MAP
GPS
Mechanical Devices
Mills, Trip, Hammers, Pumps & Cams
Swift Weaving & Spinning
Printing
Punched Cards
Computer
Flow of Innovations
Cheap Paper
Jacquard Loom
Investment Capital Agreements
Undesirable Situation
Lack of organization amongst people separated by distances
Desirable Situation
Existence of organization through long distances
To find a way of communication
Find the location of people to enhance communication
Solution
Problem
Mechanical Devices
Undesirable Situation
The infrastructure rendered useless after fall of roman empire; as barbarians took over
Desirable Situation
To utilize the existing technology; not let it go to waste
Find a use for the immensely powerful Water wheel
Use it to make mills. trip, hammers, pumps and cams
Solution
Problem
Fast Weaving & Spinning
Undesirable Situation
Wool produced in large volumes; but slow(hand) weaving & spinning slowing down the business
Desirable Situation
Existence of efficient methods of weaving & spinning to keep up with the production of wool
To introduce a faster methodology for weaving & spinning
Introduction of chinese machinery
Solution
Problem
Investment Capital Agreements
Undesirable Situation
Cloth/ Silk business and trade booming; to method to organize the process
Desirable Situation
Existence of organization in the trade
To introduce some way to keeps records of the trade
The introduction of agreement forms and deal papers; to which all parties involved agree
Solution
Problem
Cheap Paper
Undesirable Situation
Too much redundant and worn off cloths because of the boom in cloth industry
Desirable Situation
Disposal of such large amounts of worn off cloth
How to dispose off so much worn out cloth
Use it to make paper
Solution
Problem
Printing
Undesirable Situation
Lack of clerks after the black death
Desirable Situation
Existence of enough clerks/resources to carry out the clerical/government work
To find a cheap replacement of clerks
The printing technology
Solution
Problem
Jacquard Loom
Undesirable Situation
Troublesome, slow and faulty weaving of silk by ordinary loom
Desirable Situation
Faster, easy and perfect silk weaving
How to automate the process of weaving to an extent that it would make weaving easy and accurate
Introduction of Jacquard loom
Solution
Problem
Computer
Undesirable Situation
No way to process large amounts of digital data
Desirable Situation
Existence of a method to process digital data
To find a way to input large digital data into the early computer
Introduction of punched cards
Solution
Problem
Punched Cards
Undesirable Situation
A large amount of immigration records to be made; labor not enough to do it manually
Desirable Situation
Enough labor/resources to make the records of all the immigrants
To expedite the process of record keepiing
Introduction of Punched Cards
Solution
Problem
CRITICAL THINKING
The solution to a problem can always be found from the lessons learnt in history, i-e Fall of Roman Empire
Advancement is inevitable in life. Changing scenarios change the requirements and lead to evolution
Evolution is never planned; its impossible to plan, indeed
The history shows, technical development has been a game of musical chairs; its always about the right timing and the right problem- if you have it, you move further! An Example - The Romans (worn out cloth in abundance; hammers to make paper)
The book boom : expanded knowledge; the internet boom: knowledge everywhere- These innovations were on the same line, just very different in scale

The technical development is an exponential graph when represented with respect to time
A time will come when the development graph will reach its saturation; that time will be either when
- all is perfect!
or when
-all is destroyed!
An Inference
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