Lienhard 9

This hurricane has intensified much more than expected--pressure is down to 928 (7th lowest ever for a hurricane hitting the continental US, yesterday they were predicting 950) and winds of 145 mph

wind prediction
It is not likely to go over us but the cold front that is going to run into it will (though I still think this is exaggerated). The hurricane is moving so fast that we should probably see 2-4 inches of rain

voter registration extended
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two kinds of impacts of technology:

Unintended Consequences:
Some consequences of a new technology are predictable.
The impact of technology on society is often unexpected--technologies have unintended consequences (and sometimes we just don't stop to consider the whole system)

different ways automobile affected society, both intended and unintended:bump bump bump in your
          automobile

    * you need the infrastructure to support it eg. gas stations, roads, service stations
    * people can live further away from their work or their families
    * new area of entertainment--racing, etc.
    * new kinds of restaurants, lodging, ...
    * new kind of architecture
    * road trips, family vacations, national parks
    * advertising
    * did the automobile cause the sexual revolution?
    * how did the automobile change the way we see the world
    * how did the automobile change or reinforce American values

One technology leads to another, but also those technologies change what is possible and the ways we experience the world
Technologies change what is possible but society makes choices among the new possibilities, based on our values (both what we value in a practical way and by our moral standards)

Does technology have some inevitable effect on our values?
Or is it that we choose whatever technology suits our values?
Or use technologies in ways that affect our values?
Or do we make choices that are influenced by the technologies available?

roads and the road network
 road conditions in 1920s

The interstate highway system
the big duck
 the big duck

Fuel:
The Gas Station & Auto Service Collectibles Web Site
 1930s Shell Gas Station
gas station in the shape of a
        shell
Gasoline ( petroleum history sites )
map of
        Pennsylvania showing oil area in NW
Beginnings of the Petroleum Industry
 early oil refinery
early oil
        industry

energy production
Oil prices:
We were running out of oil that was easy to extract, but new methods of extraction have postponed the problem
 


Will something else replace gasoline during your lifetimes?


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last updated 10/10/18