Robert Heinlein on technology.

Frick Steam Engine Illustration“Every technology goes through three stages: first, a crudely simple and unsatisfactory gadget; second, an enormously complicated group of gadgets designed to overcome the shortcomings of the original and achieving thereby somewhat satisfactory performance through extremely complex compromise; third, a final stage of smooth simplicity and efficient performance based on correct understanding of natural laws and proper design therefrom.”

Robert Heinlein ( 1907- 1988 ) “Space Family Stone ” ( 1952 )– not great literature but worth a look.

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