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An enabling technology is an invention or innovation, that can be applied to drive radical change in the capabilities of a user or culture. Enabling technologies are characterized by rapid development of subsequent derivative technologies, often in diverse fields. See General purpose technology.

Equipment and/or methodology that, alone or in combination with associated technologies, provides the means to increase performance and capabilities of the user, product or process.[1]


Historically significant enabling technologiesEdit

Ancient and prehistorical erasEdit

Classical eraEdit

Modern eraEdit

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  1. ^ "What is enabling technology? definition and meaning". 2016-12-05. Retrieved 2016-12-11.
  2. ^ "Print me a Stradivarius – How a new manufacturing technology will change the world". Economist Technology. 2011-02-10. Retrieved 2012-01-31.

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