Is music the origin of technological virtuosity, or
as Pursell argues, is the development of language in prehistoric culture
responsible for exaptation in tool use?
A Roman musical instrument: the calliope, forerunner of the organ, from 228 BCE.
does he mean by?
the social meaning of the pneumatic tire was redefined in terms
of speed rather than reliability, and that made it acceptable even to
the boldest of sporting riders.
Meaning in Technology, p. 84.
Symbolism of various kinds--bullet shapes, gloss white finishes, push
button controls, or computerized complexity-- can be taken so far that
artifacts may imply meanings without their functions being understood.