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Chapter 3: Patterns in Technological Development and the Creation of Technological Standards
When a long time span of technology development is reviewed it reveals what appears to be a significant pattern in that development. The micro political and social processes that were the subject of the last chapter disappear and it is the more durable pattern created by a succession of artefact changes that is visible.
The basic pattern is exemplified by the complex assembled product technologies of the aircraft and car industries. In these, a period of design experimentation and great design variability characterised the beginning of both industries, but this was followed by a reduction in design variety ...