appropriate technology


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appropriate technology

forms of technology which best utilize the resources and human skills available in a given society The term has been applied particularly to poorer countries where the transfer of high technology may act to the disadvantage of the receiving country. Instead, less capital intensive and more ‘environmentally friendly’ technologies may be better utilized for production. Use of such technologies rejects the widespread assumption that technological advance determines general societal ‘progress’. See also INTERMEDIATE TECHNOLOGY.
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A widespread drinking water filtration technology, truly an appropriate technology, is slow sand filtration.
The strict interpretation of appropriate technology can, effectively, be somewhat paternalistic: "What we have is too fancy for you, so we're going to teach you how to build a version out of sticks and mud."
If appropriate technology platforms are deployed, there will be enormous power in the hands of handheld devices.
Since 2007, the Appropriate Technology Collaborative has worked in Guatemala and other countries to build relationships with clients in communities in the developing world.
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This further builds on the tenets of appropriate technology. One of Schumacher's greatest criticisms of development aid was the stifling of entrepreneurship that occurred when high-tech solutions were introduced but could not be innovated upon by the target population.
By the 1970s, proponents of appropriate technology questioned the application of certain technologies and attempted to institutionalize their skepticism in government offices dedicated to what was known as appropriate technology.
"Its ability to evaluate and identify the most appropriate technology design and implementation plan for each customer will benefit our existing client base and increase our presence in this important market."
His philosophy was that small-scale but appropriate technology could bring lasting improvements to people's lives.
Huawei Technologies will deliver the appropriate technology and a surf stick for mobile web surfing.
Organisations must identify the most appropriate technology for business survival, addressing both the specific technological and more generic security issues.
The YEP is a group of student organisations and teachers working with the Lebanese Appropriate Technology Association (LATA).

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