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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

GIGANTIC ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGES OWN BATTERY

Regenerative battery charging is regarded as a TechnologyLandmark for use in an OmegaMap. The information presented here is based on an article; “The World’s Largest Electric Vehicle Is a Dump Truck” written by Courtney Linder  and published in Popular Mechanics, August 21, 2019. The locus of innovation is a new Principle of Operation. Earlier principles … Continue reading “GIGANTIC ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGES OWN BATTERY”



FIFTH GENERATION TRANSMISSION

Fifth generation transmission is evolving rapidly and could become the dominant technology in the next few months 5G is is regarded as a TechnologyLandmark for use in an OmegaMap. Mobile 5G is evolving rapidly as an immaterial  electro-magnetic transmission system that could challenge existing materially based transmission systems. The information presented here is based on … Continue reading “FIFTH GENERATION TRANSMISSION”



REUSABLE LAUNCH SYSTEMS

Reusable launch systems are regarded as a Technology Landmark for use in an OmegaMap. They could become the standard for space flight launches or for aerial transportation. The information presented here is based on various references in Wikipedia –accessed on June 26, 2020. The locus of innovation is a new Principle of Operation.“A reusable launch … Continue reading “REUSABLE LAUNCH SYSTEMS”



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”




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