• Nayef R. F. Al-Rodhan
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Technology has contributed to human health, development, community growth and economic stability since the dawn of history. For our primitive ancestors, the ability to create fire was a version of technological innovation that dramatically improved the quality of life, providing a heat source, increased protection from animal attacks and new ways to prepare food. To say that the power to make fire revolutionized life for our ancient predecessors would be a dramatic understatement.


Economic Stability Strategic Technology Political Sociology General Purpose Technology Contemporary History 
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    R.G. Lipsey, K.I. Carlaw and C.T. Bekar (2005), Economic Transformations: General Purpose Technologies and Long-Term Economic Growth (Oxford: Oxford University Press), p. 99.Google Scholar
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© Nayef R.F. Al-Rodhan 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • Nayef R. F. Al-Rodhan
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  1. 1.St Antony’s CollegeOxford UniversityUK
  2. 2.Geneva Centre for Security PolicyGenevaSwitzerland

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