4. The Critical Engineer looks beyond the “awe of implementation” to determine methods of influence and their specific effects.

In today’s world, so much more time, energy, and money are spent on shiny new gadgets for people to buy before the newer, shinier one comes out. But what good are most of those gadgets doing for society? Not saying everything created has to be utilitarian, but being aware of what a new technology can do, and making a purposeful effort to curb negative social side effects is an important step in the right direction. Creating things that create meaningful interactions should be the goal more so than making new annoying MacBooks that don’t have USB ports because you know people will buy them anyway.

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