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Theoria. Revista de Teoría, Historia y Fundamentos de la Ciencia

Volume 34, Issue 3, September 2019

Charles Lenay
Pages 389-403

Technical innovation in human science
Examples in cognitive technologies

In order to show how technological innovation and scientific innovation are linked in the course of research in human science, I present an account of a series of innovations made in our laboratory (Distal Glove – Tactos system – Intertact server – Dialtact module). We will see how research on the technical constitution of cognitive and perceptual activities can be associated with a process of innovation. The technical devices present at each stage carry an interpretative framework that prepares the following stages. Devices which were initially developed for the purposes of performing experiments contributed both to scientific inventions and to developments with a practical and social finality.

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