What is technology?

Tools we use

Technology just means: The tools we use.


A spoon is a technology for eating. Chopsticks are another one.

And think of this: Many westerners grow up with spoons and forks, and become confused and even angry when they go somewhere and have to learn to use the technology of chopsticks. Just like people get frustrated and angry with computers.


Speaking and listening are technologies. The tools we use for them are our bodies (mounths and ears) and our brains.

Speaking and listening are fundamentally different from writing and reading. Article at BBC.co.uk

We have to learn how to speak, and again how to speak well. We have to learn how to listen and understand, and again how to attend and listen well.

To show that even speaking and listening are technologies, consider that some people (like this writer) find it much easier to write than to speak. And also absorbs information much more easily through writing, than through hearing!


The invention of writing was arguably the most important landmark in the history of information technology. Before writing, the amount of information that could be passed on to others was severely limited by what could be communicated in purely oral form (i.e., not much).

But the ability to write meant that vast amounts of knowledge could be communicated at previously unimagined levels of detail." Article at BBC.co.uk

Information Technology (IT)

The tools we use to record information, read it, sort it, search it — to manage information.

Your class notebook is a method of Information Technology. The system of book collection cards at a library is another.

But this word is mostly connected in our minds with computers, because computers make us able to record, sort and search huge amounts of information. So IT has become a separate field of study.

Peace and War

The technologies of discord and war are knives, guns, lies, and manipulation.

The technologies of peace are honest communication and a clear heart.

The technologies of information can be used to further either one.

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