Rias J Van Wyk
Author of a book on technology conversant management
Rias Johann van Wyk is a graduate of the Universities
of Pretoria and Stellenbosch and holds a master's
degree from Harvard focusing on science, technology
and public policy. He is an authority on strategic technology analysis (STA)
and has some thirty years of experience as executive
educator, corporate director, corporate consultant and
Technology: A Unifying Code, Stage Media Group, 2004
This book is intended for technology conversant individuals, managers and policy makers. It should appeal to technological cognoscenti and afficionados as well.
We need simpler words and clearer concepts to understand technology better, it has become too complex to grasp spontaneously. This book offers mind tools to master technology.
The distinguishing feature of the book is the way in which it views the technologcial landscape. It sees a technological totality - a discernible whole that can be delineated, categorised and analysed. A whole with an elegant and simple basic structure. This is in stark contrast to the conventional view which regards the technological landscape as a vast, unpatterned, agglomeration of different entities; almost infinite in scope and variety and extremely difficult to bring to mind.
The book uses the M,E,I distinction, i.e., the notion that all of physical reality can be expressed in terms of three fundamental subsystems. The three that handle matter (M), energy (E) and information (I) respectively.
Although the book is used in academic settings, and has already been prescribed as a text, it has a wider use. For individuals interested in technology it provides a calming methodology in the face of bewilderingly rapid developments. For financial analysts it provides frameworks for improving their evaluation of high-tech companies. And for policy makers it provides novel concepts to help link science, technology and economic development.
In its own subtle way "Technology: A Unifying Code" contributes directly to the global mastery of technology, a most worthy social and economic goal.
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