An old debate on appropriate technology needs revival
Bending the arc of technology to society’s needs should be a priority even for advanced economies
In 1973, the economist E.F. Schumacher published a book with the captivating title Small Is Beautiful, advocating the use in poor countries of human-scale, less capital-intensive technologies better suited to local conditions. It sparked a debate in the 1970s and 1980s on “appropriate technology."
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