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06. Safe fragrances
05. DNA mass information store
04. Garden mounds for permaculture
03. Silver as high-tech material
02. Micro needle transmits medications and light
01. Electricity storage in gravity systems

12. An eye on space hazards
11. Water purification through freezing
10. Solar shingles
09. Trinary code
08. Vegetation-based battery materials
07. Indoor position location
06. The interface industry
05. Hypersonic aircraft
04. Re-usable glass packaging
03. Vein patterns as personal ID
02. Magnet making bacteria
01. Ultra-light solids

12. Ultrasound in water
11. Projected touchscreen
10. Electric airplane
08. Glass hard disc
04. Nuclear hazard
03. Clearing “sewer soap”
02. Water harvesting
01. Tea bag size personal water filter

12. Human powered water transport
11. The Technium
08. Bio-remediation of oil spills
07. Cleaner coal
05. Oil spill remediation
04. Solar towers
03. Brain-computer
02. Biodiesel producing bacteria
01. Hydrogen producing bacteria

12. Levitating living organisms
11. A new blue
10. Polymer magnets
09. Electric vehicle batteries
08. Implantable cancer monitors
07. Algal biofuel
06. Geo-Thermal Heat Pump
05. Battery powered roadster
04. Fenestration
03. Text to voice
02. Implantable ID chips
01. Air cleansing building material

12. ebooks
11. Energy Harvesting
10. Private space-flights
09. Virus identification chip
08. Bio-fuels
07. Electronic financial trading
06. Bio-remediation
05. New tech agriculture
04. Manufactured Hotels
03. Magnetic Induction
02. Genetic Vaults
01. Solid-state lighting

12 Bacteria in agriculture and industry
11. Blue revolution
10. Electronic nose
09. Nuclear sarcophagus
08. Shape shifting technology
07. Thought activated technology
06. Green is cool - make me look green
05. Electronic 'drugs'
04. Super-canals and super-ships
03. Environmentally friendly technology: greens versus grays
02. Agriculture: food,fiber and fuel
01. FPGA floating-point performance surpasses microprocessor

08. Energy sources for electricity compete
07. Universal interface (UI)
06. Magnetic levitation
05. Light pipes
04. Storage of electricity
03. Automotive engines
02. Molecular assembly
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Vol. 5, No. 11, November 30, 2010
ISSN 1932-3018

The Technium
Positioning this technology in the
Functionality Grid
Reformatted from: Van Wyk, Rias J: Technology - A Unifying Code, 2004, SMG, Cape Town, p.34. Based on: Ropohl, Gunter: Eine Systemtheorie der Technik, 1979, Carl Hanser Verlag, Munich and Vienna, p.178.
Recent research has focused on a phenomenon of great analytical importance - the total assemblage of all technologies. It enables analysts to view technological progress, not as individual discrete events, but as the evolution of an intertwined whole. In terms of the Atlas of Technological Megatrends it covers all the accepted categories.
The technological assemblage is the macro unit of inquiry in technological studies. It is the ultimate system in the systems approach. It has been given many names; technosphere, technological landscape, technoscape, technological universe, technological totality and many more. Practitioners that map, track and anticipate technological progress, try to visualize its changing shape and multiple internal connections. Its continuous development is what Technoscan® Newsbriefs focus on.
However, in spite of its importance, and the fact that many authors have drawn attention to its being, it has received scant attention in academic studies. Outside of the world of Strategic Technology Analysis (STA), it has not featured much.
Now a recent book, What Technology Wants, (Kelly K. 2010, Viking) gives explicit recognition to this phenomenon and suggests a creative name for it - the Technium. Based on this unit of inquiry the author offers a holistic view of technological development, and projects it into the future.
This is a most important development. It has enhanced the approach to macro analyses in technology. By understanding the technium, the level of overall technological acuity will increase, and the potential for capturing technology based innovation opportunities will improve.
Explorers may anticipate an upsurge in technology scanning methodology, and a further improvement in professional practice.

© Rias J. van Wyk, 2013. Editor.