I saw this article in New Scientist this week and I thought “Foundational Technology” is an interesting idea to think about.
A piece of 50,000-year-old string found in a cave in France is the oldest ever discovered. It suggests that Neanderthals knew how to twist fibres together to make cords – and, if so, they might have been able to craft ropes, clothes, bags and nets.
“None can be done without that initial step,” says Bruce Hardy at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. “Twisted fibres are a foundational technology.”NewScientist.com
If we’re looking at modern life in the 2020’s then perhaps the foundational technology is the internet. With self isolation in April 2020 then the internet has enabled us all to work, shop and communicate with friends and family.
What is the foundational technology in model engineering and model making? There are lots of tools and techniques that underpin what we do in the workshop and so I thought I would list them and then try to order them:
These first few items make you think and immediately I’m looking at File vs Scribe and I think the Scribe and the Rule are at the top. I think this idea might also allow me to think about the starters toolbox.
This idea can also be used to simplify your workshop or at least the tools that are close at hand, write a list and start comparing the items and re-ordering. In computing this is known as a bubblesort.