The Origin of the Word “Technology”

Systematic Treatment of a Craft.

Any tool is technology. A pen is technology. Paper is technology. A desk is technology. When these tools were adopted they provided a new way of systemizing an activity and opening up our brains to focus on other things. Perhaps a better phrase for these examples would be in the past tense?

“A desk was technology, but today, technology is the new phablet or self-driving car.”

Something doesn’t feel right about this statement. Even now, if I don’t have access to a desk and I need to work – I would view that desk as a piece of technology.

Technology is an extension of ourselves so that we can focus on higher order issues and problems.


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