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Technology (“science of craft”) is the sum of techniques, skills, methods, and processes used in the production of goods or services or in the accomplishment of objectives, such as scientific investigation.
The simplest form of technology is the development and use of tools.
A practical application of knowledge especially in engineering.
Accomplish a task especially using technical processes, methods, or knowledge.
Ignore the hype over big tech. Its products are mostly useless, by John Harris:
It’s years since Silicon Valley gave us a game-changer. Instead, from curing disease to colonies on Mars, we’re fed overblown promises
The space of technological possibilities is not a road or even a tree: new inventions do not require “going forward” or “branching on the top” but can often be made from even quite “primitive” elements. The search space could be better thought about as a multidimensional rhizomatic maze: undiscovered areas can be expected to be found anywhere, not merely at the “frontier”. The ability to speed fast “forward” on a “highway of technology” tends to make people blind to the diversity of the rhizome: the same boring ideas get reinvented with ever higher specs, and genuinely new ideas get downplayed.
Instead of technological “progress” (that implies constant abandoning of the old), we should consider expanding the diversity and abundance of ideas. Different kinds of technology should be seen as supporting each other rather than competing against each other for domination.