Technological revolution is the misconception.
According to one of the most popular concepts, promulgated by mass medias, there have been five technological revolutions in the human history. First is the agricultural revolution of 17th-century, when we learned such things as large scale farming. Second is the Industrial Revolution of the 18th century, when people started to apply water and heat power to mechanize their work-shops and small factories.
Third is the Second Industrial Revolution of the start of the 20th century, which brought to us mass production, internal combustion engines, electricity and nuclear energy. Fourth is the, so-called, Scientific Revolution of 1970th, which opened our eyes on commercial opportunities of scientific discoveries.
We are now living in the era of fifth, Information Revolution, which has linked almost every members of our society into one global network. The same revolution has provided us with enough data to cause the complete dismantling of the “technological revolution” concept.
It’s absolutely frustrating that this “theory” is taking into account only the Western world, and disregards great Middle-Eastern, Asian, Africa and pre-Colombian American civilizations. Additionally, there is no clear definition of what “the technological revolution” really means.
At the same time there are enough facts to argued that so-called “tech-revolutions” are random periods of time, when ever-going, gradual technological changes manifest itself most visibly in various “tech-toys” thanks to some ground-shifting historical events like wars, large-scale migrations, economic calamities or political entities disintegration.
It’s more likely that, those “revolutions” are primary created by periodic global waves of mass-media hysterias urged by profit-seeking motives. One obvious argument to support this allegation is that the count of “t-revolutions” began in 17th century, right at the time of first public news-papers appearance.
Having said that, we are not stating that there is no accelerating technological progress, or that technologies are always secondary to politics or economics. We are simply insisting that we can’t easily separate science and connected to it automation, machinery and computing from all other aspects of human lives.