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Dr. Rias J. van Wyk

Dr. Rias van Wyk, the Director of Technoscan® Centre, Minneapolis, USA, leads the research program. He is also a Professor Extraordinaire at the University of Stellenbosch. Dr. Van Wyk is a former Director of the Master of Science in the Management of Technology Program, University of Minnesota. His academic qualifications include a Master’s degree from Harvard focusing on science, technology and public policy. He is the author of Technology: Its Fundamental Nature (2017) and Technology: A Unifying Code (2003). In 2010 - 2012 he served as the first President of the Management of Technology Accreditation Board (MOTAB). Read on

It is the aim of Technoscan®Centre to participate in the creation of a Clean Techno-sphere. This consists of a universe of strong technologies that heeds the innermost needs of people and the sovereignty of nature.

To achieve its aim Technoscan®Centre promotes Society-wide technological awareness and wisdom.

It does so by selectively tracking #TechnologyLandmarks and combining them into an integrative framework based on a unified view of technology. This view contrasts significantly from the orthodox view using a diversified perspective emphasising separate technologies.

The unified view is based on the fact that the essence of technology is to provide functionality. In reality nine fundamental functionalities are differentiated. These are usually depicted in a functionality grid.

To help anticipate technological evolution the grid is incorporated into a framework called the #OmegaMap. The format for an #OmegaMap is depicted below and described in a book; Technology: Its Fundamental Nature.

The Omega Map helps anticipate technological evolution the grid is incorporated into a framework

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Technology: Its Fundamental Nature

To illustrate #TechnologyLandmarks examples are posted on our Technology Landmarks page.

Technology Landmarks Headlines

DNA AS GENERAL DATA STORAGE

DNA data storage is regarded as a Technology Landmark for use in an OmegaMap. It is estimated that 160 zettabytes per year storage capacity will be required worldwide by 2025.The information presented here is based on an article “The Rise of DNA Data Storage” written by Megan Molteni and published in Wired on June 26, … Continue reading “DNA AS GENERAL DATA STORAGE”



BIRDS PATROL VESSELS AT SEA

Seabirds carrying radar detectors are regarded as a Technology Landmark for use in an OmegaMap. Widespread use could limit illegal ship activity. The information presented here is based on an article “They’re Stealthy at Sea but They Can’t Hide From the Albatross” written by Katherine Kornel and published in the New York Times on 27 … Continue reading “BIRDS PATROL VESSELS AT SEA”



CHEAPER LITHIUM-ION BATTERIES

Cheaper Lithium-ion batteries are regarded as constituting a Technology Landmark for use in an OmegaMap. Its widespread use would contribute significantly to making renewable energy storage more popular. The information presented here is based on an article “A Behind the Scenes Take on Lithium-ion Battery Prices” written by Logan Goldie-Scot and published in Bloomberg NEF, … Continue reading “CHEAPER LITHIUM-ION BATTERIES”



LIQUID SOLAR FUEL

Bottled solar fuel is regarded as a Technology Landmark for use in an OmegaMap. Its widespread use would contribute significantly to making solar energy storable and transportable. The information presented here is based on an article “Scientists can now bottle solar energy, turn it into liquid fuel” written by Robby Berman and published in bigthink.com … Continue reading “LIQUID SOLAR FUEL”



ELECTRICITY BEAMED TO MOVING OBJECT

This technology is regarded as a Technology Landmark for use in an OmegaMap. Its widespread use would contribute significantly to the effectiveness in which electricity is transmitted to moving objects such as motor vehicles that now have to be idle while recharging. The information presented here is based on an article entitled “Researchers at Stanford have … Continue reading “ELECTRICITY BEAMED TO MOVING OBJECT”



BIODEGRADABLE PLASTIC FROM CACTUS

Biodegradable plastic from cactus has been identified as a Technology Landmark for use in an OmegaMap. If this technology succeeds it will lessen the accumulation of plastic pollution at present afflicting the ecosphere. The information source for this sketch is an article “This Mexican is making biofuel from cactus plants” written by Sean Flemming on … Continue reading “BIODEGRADABLE PLASTIC FROM CACTUS”




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