I can’t believe I’d never heard of Melvin Kranzberg’s six laws of technology before today:

  1. Technology is neither good nor bad; nor is it neutral.
  2. Invention is the mother of necessity
  3. Technology comes in packages, big and small.
  4. Although technology might be a prime element in many public issues, nontechnical factors take precedence in technology-policy decisions.
  5. All history is relevant, but the history of technology is the most relevant.
  6. Technology is a very human activity – and so is the history of technology.

They’re all good, but #1 and #4 are especially worth noting… applicable in so many current discussions about technology (cough crypto cough).