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Stephen R. Barley

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780198795209

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198795209.001.0001

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What is a Technological Revolution?

What is a Technological Revolution?

(p.1) 1 What is a Technological Revolution?
Work and Technological Change

Stephen R. Barley

Oxford University Press

Almost daily we are told how some new technology will revolutionize in our lives. The truth of the matter is most technologies do not. However, occasionally a new technology does appear which provides the grounding for gradual changes that eventually transform our systems of production and the way we live our lives. Historically, we speak of these developments as technological revolutions. By focusing on how such technologies change the nature of work, occupational structures, and systems of production, this chapter attempts to answer two questions: “What is a technological revolution?” and, more importantly, “How do current technologies associated with artificial intelligence fit into the history of technological change?”

Keywords:   technological revolution, technology, technological change, system of production, occupational structure, artificial intelligence

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