How can you explain how the technology did not alleviate the problem? 

Technology is often cited as the savior of an organization or society.  Consider the use of technology intended to save lives during a car crash.  Every year, on average, the United States represent approximately 10 million car accidents.  Car manufacturers have responded by implementing high-tech modeling, numerical analyses, crash testing, and extensive case studies as to make cars safer.  Despite such efforts and costs, the number of car accidents per year remains roughly constant over the previous decade.

What went wrong?  How can you explain how the technology did not alleviate the problem?  What theories of change (or change implementation) would have helped car manufacturers and regulators address the steady number of car accidents per year?  How might you go about solving such a problem?  Would any newer or novel technologies help resolve the problem?

In-text citations should be given to support your work. A minimum of four in-text citations are required.

Essays are graded using the following criteria:

• Content—essays must respond to the scenario and writing prompt while
demonstrating a command of knowledge and practices in the field surrounding the
writing prompt.

• Critical thinking—essays must demonstrate the ability to analyze the writing prompt, synthesize a perspective, and either deduce or infer valid conclusions.

• Style—essays must be double spaced, use Time New Roman 12 point font, be free of spelling errors, and contain proper headings.

• Demonstration—papers must demonstrate recall of a few key learning objectives and topics covered during core classes.NHTSA’s National Center for Statistics and Analysis 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590
DOT HS 811 620 May 2012

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