This building block is part of a six-block series from the SUSTAINICUM collection:
- From logistic growth to a turning point in global resource consumption - overview
- Logistic growth without time-delay
- Time-delayed logistic growth
- Optimal population
- Technological progress
- Turning point in global resource consumption
This building block presents alternatives to “technological progress.” “Technological progress” has long been understood only as the increase in labor productivity, in other words the increase in yield of applied human work- the limits of natural resources were not considered in this definition. The alternatives to this understanding of technological progress are based on the increase in resource productivity, in other words the increase in yields from a limited amount of a resource. Increasing labor productivity can be considered a technological advance as long as resource productivity grows enough to take into account the finite availability of natural resources.
Throughout the building block, the conditions under which progress in technological developments can be brought into harmony with natural limits are sought.
Suggested methods for applying this building block, one of the six-part series, in the classroom can be found in the overview building block: From logistic growth to resource turning point - Overview.
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