The dominant forces in the society were arts, philosophy, and basic sciences at
the height of the Roman Empire. Religion became the dominant force after that.
Then came the agricultural era when efficient food production and distribution
became the drivers of the 19th century. We saw industrialization at the center
stage when new world powers started to emerge in the first half of the 20th
century. In the last 50 years, the industrial era gave way to what we now have.
Today’s society is dominated not by agricultural or industrial efficiencies,
but by technological effectiveness and innovations. We are living in the
technology era and observing the impact of technology in every aspect of our lives,
communities and societies. The global centers of power in today’s society are
being defined by the development and management of technologies. Those who are able
to create new ideas, develop new technologies and harness the capabilities generated
by those technologies are setting the standards and leading the way for the rest of
the world. As the rate of change increases and the technological system, socio-
economic system, political systems and educational system become more intertwined,
global leadership in every field is shifting toward innovative use and effective
management of technology.
The world will continue to change. That change will
continue to be dominated by technology especially as we start seeing the
convergence of the emerging biotechnology and nanotechnology with the current
computer, information and communication technologies. Management of the
technologies that are changing the world will be the challenge upon us. If we
succeed we will reshape the world for the betterment of humanity. If we fail,
we will be victims to the forces affecting our lives through the misuse of
technology. It is up to us to be the winners in this new world.
PICMET's focus is on bringing together the experts on technology management
to address the issues involved in managing current and emerging technologies
so that the society will be the winner in this changing world.