In the 1970s and 1980s two new approaches to an evolutionary explanation of technology emerged: While a new generation of sociobiologists increasingly started to view animal and human artifacts as an ,extended phenotype’ of humankind historians and sociologists of technology found in an evolutionary genesis of technology a third way between technological determinism and a social construction of technology. This evolution of technology seemed able to explain multi-causal coherences in the genesis of technology applicably by using allegedly simple rules.
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In the aftermath of „The Origin of Species“, several other authors of the 19th and 20th century recommended the application of new-born darwinism on the field of technology. This would happen in a metaphorical way, with the keyword „evolution“ used synonymously for technological development as well as in a more ambitious try to reconcile engineering with natural sciences. At the beginning of the 21st century, the preoccupation with a possible evolution of technology is more topical than ever.