Evolution of Technology


I view technology as something that has a practical application for humans.

Technology is evoluionary in two ways:
1.The use of a technology evolves to different uses as humans learn to use it. For example in the attached clip from Stanley Kubric’s movie 2001: A Space Odyssey, technology in the form of a club is used as a tool for hunting. Not shown in the clip is how man learned to use the club as a tool for gaining power by using it as a weapon.
2. Technology is also evolutionary in how it creates more technology. For example, light created from a candle creates a ‘need’ for a less temporary light source such as a light bulb. Or, oral stories create a ‘need’ for a more permanent form of communication such as ‘text’.

While I have attached a clip of a Stanley Kubric movie, I do not profess to understand most things that he put on screen. While the full meaning of 2001 is lost on me, I do think this one scene provides a good example of the evolution of technology.


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