SINCE THE end of World War II, the pace of social change, stemming from the economy, has brought upon engineers the realisation that the social, economic and ethical factors in their work have increased as technology has advanced. As technological progress generates more solutions to physical problems, the choices it offers have increasingly to be decided by socio‐economic criteria. The explosion in technology in the past fifteen years has been caused in part at least by the technological set‐up itself forcing developmental change. This is the signature of the decade, in the same way as invention was the signature of the first industrial revolution. We are in the middle of the second, and would do well to realise it.
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