Monday, May 02, 2005

Minds That Can't Master

I’d like to explore the definitions of two very important words, Engineer and Technology.

n 1: a person who uses scientific knowledge to solve practical problems [syn: applied scientist, technologist]
2: the operator of a railway locomotive [syn: locomotive engineer, railroad engineer, engine driver]
v 1: design as an engineer; "He engineered the water supply project"
2: plan and direct (a complex undertaking); "he masterminded the robbery" [syn: mastermind, direct, organize, organise, orchestrate]

n 1: the practical application of science to commerce or industry [syn: engineering]
2: the discipline dealing with the art or science of applying scientific knowledge to practical problems; "he had trouble deciding which branch of engineering to study" [syn: engineering, engineering science, applied science]

A simple list of Technologies
  • Toilets
  • Copy machines

Technologies not requiring a PhD or Engineering degree to operate

  • Toilets
  • Copy Machines

Technologies that stump MIT Engineers and PhDs

  • Toilets (e.g. flushing)
  • Copy Machines (e.g. making copies and unjamming the jam they created)

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