The Technium: Steam-Engine-Time

The Technium: Steam-Engine-Time: "When it is steam-engine-time, steam engines will occur everywhere. But not before. Because all the precursor and supporting ideas and inventions need to be present."

I sort of agree with this, but not totally: Sometimes an invention is necessary and causes all the supporting technology to come into being.
Also consider the Technological Completion Conjecture.

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