Technology is the design and manufacture of tools or devices that enable people to achieve their goals. It includes both tangible tools such as utensils and machines, as well as intangible ones like software. Technological tools are designed to meet our needs in a way that is sustainable for the planet.
A lot of the time when we talk about Technology today, it has a very consumer point of view – mobile phones, computers, big TVs, HiFi’s, cars and drones to name just a few examples. But it is important to keep in mind that Technology encompasses much more than just these gadgets and the broader world of business also sees the importance of using technology to stay competitive.
For businesses, embracing new and cutting edge technology is a key aspect of how they can stand out from the competition. In addition, technology helps them streamline internal processes and makes it easier for employees to do their jobs.
However, it is important to remember that not all technologies are equally beneficial for the environment. Some have a negative impact and there are ongoing debates around the need to balance the pros and cons of different technologies. This has been a driving force behind movements such as the eco-village movement. Some dystopian literature has used technology as a metaphor, such as Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, Anthony Burgess’ A Clockwork Orange and George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four. Nevertheless, technological advances are a constant feature of our lives and we need to find ways to harness this power for good.