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The Age of Low TechTowards a Technologically Sustainable Civilization$
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Philippe Bihouix

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781529213263

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781529213263.001.0001

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The Principles of Simple Technologies

The Principles of Simple Technologies

(p.49) Part II The Principles of Simple Technologies
The Age of Low Tech

Philippe Bihouix

, Chris McMahon
Policy Press

This chapter explores the principles of a low-tech approach that are developed and rooted in the search for simplicity and conviviality, localization, design, and manufacture for true sustainability. It describes paths to be taken and general principles on low-tech based on the conscious rejection of the hope of a successful outcome based on technological breakthroughs still to come. It also elaborates the principle of simplicity as the immense advantage of the pure and simple suppression of need that aims to effectively reduce the rate of consumption of resources. The chapter mentions examples of ways to reduce the non-negotiable standard of living, such as a ban on advertising materials, trainers that flash when walking, or single-use plastic bags. It analyses the main problem of the high-tech world under the pretext of seeking greater effectiveness and technical efficiency.

Keywords:   low-tech, sustainability, simplicity, high-tech, technological breakthroughs, resource consumption

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