Technology is a vague word that can be taken for different meanings depending on who you ask. There are several forms of Technology that have been applied across a vast majority of industries, practices, businesses, and daily activities. Technology has bridged the gap between time and space, enhanced human limitations and interactions as well as made it possible for problems to meet opportunities face to face.
According to professor Andy Lane (The Open University) “Technology concerns itself with understanding how knowledge is creatively applied to organised tasks involving people and machines that meet sustainable goals.” He further summarizes the definition of technology into three distinct categories:
- Technology is about taking action to meet a human need rather than merely understanding the workings of the natural world, which is the goal of science.
- Technology uses much more than scientific knowledge and includes values as much as facts, practical craft knowledge as much as theoretical knowledge.
- Technology involves organized ways of doing things. It covers the intended and unintended interactions between products (machines, devices, artifacts) and the people and systems who make them, use them or are affected by them through various processes.
Unfortunately, it would be ill to not address that while technology can be used for good it can also be used for harm. Check out – The 10 Worst Technologies of the 21st Century – written by MIT.