Defining Technology

Technology is a difficult concept to describe because it belongs to so many realms. As I see it, technology is analogous to “system”. It supports culture by making a task deemed important by a culture easier. I have included a picture of an old typewriter keyboard. It is the keyboard that I learned to type on. (It was an antique even then!) Certainly the typewriter made writing easier, making letters in a standard way so that the skill of the writer as a printer became less important. It also allowed for an increase in speed. When you think of chiseling out a message on a clay tablet or stone, to writing on papyrus with ink, to the typewriter and now to sleek computer keyboards, it is possible to see how technology made advancements to make the process of writing easier for people. Furthermore, it evolved because communication was deemed important by society throughout history.

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