There are a lot of things to get excited about when it comes to home entertainment technology, but high definition television, or HDTV as it’s more often referred to, is perhaps the most exciting. There are studies which are rooted in analytic philosophy of science but address specifically the relation of technology to society and culture, and equally the relevance of social relations to the practice of technology, without taking an evaluative stand with respect to technology; an example is (Preston 2012).
The first wireless network, known as 1G, launched in 1980.2G then introduced in the early 1990s that allows more transmissions per channel of communication.Furthermore, the foundation of 3G started in the late 1990s and began to be implemented in most of the world in the early 21st century.While the 3G network is the first to enable multimedia applications, 4G network promises to bring this basic technology to the next level.
The form of philosophy of technology constituted by the writings of these and others has been called by Carl Mitcham (1994) ‘humanities philosophy of technology’, because it takes its point of departure in the social sciences and the humanities rather than in the practice of technology.
Ideas on what design science is and can and should be are evidently related to the broad problem area of practical rationality—see this encyclopedia’s entries on practical reason and instrumental rationality —and also to means-ends reasoning, discussed in the next section.
One early theme is the thesis that technology learns from or imitates nature (Plato, Laws X 899a ff.). According to Democritus, for example, house-building and weaving were first invented by imitating swallows and spiders building their nests and nets, respectively (fr D154; perhaps the oldest extant source for the exemplary role of nature is Heraclitus fr D112).