May 18, 2022

What is the simple definition of technology?


Technology is the skills, methods, and processes used to achieve goals. People can use technology to: Produce goods or services. Carry out goals, such as scientific investigation or sending a spaceship to the moon. Solve problems, such as disease or famine.

So…let’s talk about ‘tech’!

You’d agree with me that this particular topic is one very captivating one, it always seems to catch the attention of many especially this 21st century generation.

However, as popular as the word is and as vast as its concept is, many can’t say what the word exactly means. You probably can’t! Sure, you can describe and give examples of technological activities and products in our society and world at large like the one you’re using to read this right now but if I asked you to define you would most likely go blank and speechless.

Don’t worry, that won’t be the case after today! Let’s cut to the chase, what is technology? Read on!

It’s worthy of note that the word ‘technology’ is used both to express an abstract concept/idea and also describe products/devices (tangible or intangible) and the sorts often referred to as ‘piece(s) of technology’.

Therefore, technology can be defined as techniques of doing things, methods and processes by which man solves problems and makes life and living easier. An example of this would be the use of a slope in moving a heavy object through a height as basic as it sounds. It explains ‘a technique of doing things’ perfectly.

Technology is also used to depict anything (products) made by people to address an issue. This usually results from the process of engineering and fundamental application of the knowledge of sciences. Examples of this would be your smartphone, laptop, wristwatch which you can feel physically and the internet and Wi-Fi connection which you can’t exactly touch or hold.

There’s more to this very interesting topic.

While the name originates from the combination of two Greek words ‘techne’ which means….and ‘logia’ which means…., the phenomenon and art itself dates back to the pre-historic times; earlier than 400BC. In fact it goes way back to the first men that ever lived.

How do I know? Historical and religious records show that the occupation of the early man was primarily agriculture, shepherding and hunting. Thus, it’s only logical to conclude that man must have resorted to the use of basic tools to subdue his environment and carry out this operations and also to protect himself from vicious beasts and the sorts.

There’s proof, it’s not just assumptions. Our knowledge of man’s technique of achieving tasks(technology) in prehistoric times has been by studying tools and other buried objects found by Archeologists in pre-historic parts of the world. They also found articles made of stone and numerous engravings which proved the existence of some form of ‘technology’ in their days.

You have probably heard about the popular ‘Noah’s ark’ story and the ‘Tower of Babel’ too. These two stories involved constructions that are rather impossible without some form of technique routine of performing tasks and solving issues (technology). Thousands of years later technology has grown bigger than one could imagine and has seen to the construction of massive structures, manufacture of mind-blowing devices and the list goes on and on.

In conclusion, technology is the accumulation of procedures, abilities and routines involved the innovation and manufacturing/creation of in the achievement of a particular goal/destination. The human utilization started from the transformation of resources into basic tools and since then it has undergone various improvements and transformations pushing the cause of development.

It has had and still has numerous impacts on literally every facet of life and has propelled the massive growth of global economies.




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