Retrofitting the Future

Author: Rodrigue, Barry H.
Almanac: Globalistics and globalization studiesGlobal Transformations and Global Future.

This paper considers the subspecialty of adaptive technology. It looks at technology development in the light of our rapidly changing world and in the context of Big History. The author makes a case for past technologies serving as models from which new technologies may be developed. In this way, he sees a collective knowledge of the past, as well as considerations of the present and future, conferring survival benefits on civilization. In this way, Big History holds great pragmatic promise for humanity.

Keywords: adaptive technology, Big History, traditional ecological knowledge (TEK), future studies, indigenous heritage.