Technology is developed because it provides an advantage for the people involved. Or is something more complicated going on? The system served widely different purposes. In the case of the Penny-Farthing for instance, users complained that the handlebars would be in the way if the rider fell over forward as a result of a sudden stop. Any strategic information with respect to the consequences of technological developments therefore mainly played a part in territorial conflicts between the legislature parliaments and administration government and its institutions. In the end, the US standard was adopted. Dickson,The new politics of science, Pantheon New York.
Businesses commit huge resources in persuading the government to adopt their system as the standard.
Technology Assessment: Technology, Society, Sustainability
However, sometimes a situation occurs where a critical problem appears to be unsolvable. This made research into the social effects of new technology unnecessary. Cost-Benefit analysis of technology: Technology Assessment is the systematic identification, analysis and evaluation of the potential secondary consequences whether beneficial or detrimental of technology in terms of its impacts on social, cultural, political, economic and environmental systems and processes. The Penny-Farthing-riders — young brave and from the higher circles of society, radiated superiority towards their walking or horse riding brethren. All three they were pushed out: