The Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies defines a technology as being emergent if it:

  • Arises from new knowledge, or the innovative application of existing knowledge
  • Leads to the rapid development of new capabilities
  • Are projected to have significant systemic and long-lasting economic, social and political impacts
  • Creates new opportunities for and challenges to addressing global issues
  • Have the potential to disrupt or create entire industries

 

While emerging technologies can be a subjective term based on what you consider to be emergent, it is important to remember that even if a technology has already been established, it can still fulfill the traits above, particularly "the innovative application of existing knowledge."

Established technologies can be considered emergent overtime as they become more scaled, affordable, and adoptable to a wider user community of varying digital literacies. Emerging technologies can be found throughout all types of campus buildings but are typically housed in a makerspace. (Learn more: Why the Libraries?)

Examples of emerging technologies:

 

 

Below are our regular open semester hours.

ClockA circle with lines representing a clock faceHours:
Sun: 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Mon: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Tue: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Wed: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Thu: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Fri: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Sat: 12:00pm - 5:00pm

Equipment is available for use during the following scheduled volunteer hours.

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Sun: 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Mon: 10:00am - 2:00pm
Tue: 10:00am - 4:00pm
Thu: 11:00am - 5:00pm
Fri: 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Sat: 12:00pm - 5:00pm

For information on our other UMN Libraries Makerspace location, visit the Bio-Medical Library located in Diehl Hall.