Melvin Kranzberg's 6 Laws of Technology state:
- 1st - Technology is neither good nor bad; nor is it neutral.
- 2nd - Necessity is the mother of Invention.
- 3rd - Technology comes in packages, big and small.
- 4th - Although technology might be a prime element in many public issues, nontechnical factors take precedence in technology-policy decisions.
- 5th - All history is relevant, but the history of technology is the most relevant.
- 6th - Technology is a very human activity, and so is the history of technology.
- Kranzberg, Melvin. "Technology and History: 'Kranzberg's Laws.'" Technology and Culture 27 (1986): 544-560.
- Kranzberg, M (1997) "Overview: Technology and History: Kranzberg's Laws", in Reynolds, TS and Cutcliffe, SH (Eds) Technology and the West: A Historical Anthology from Technology & Culture, University of Chicago Press.