Introducing Technology


I would like to start this new adventure into technology in teaching by getting into the concept of technology first- what it has meant until now and what it may mean in the near and remote future.

What is technology? Or, easier, for what is it used? We could soundly start by stating that whereas at its outset it was intended as a means for helping human beings, today it has turned into a tool for survival to human kind. I had the opportunity to read Norbert Wiener’s article The Human Use of Human Beings: Cybernetics and Society (1954). He claimed that “society can only be understood through a study of the messages and the communication facilities which belong to it; […] messages between man and machines, between machines and man, and between machine and machine, are destined to play an ever increasing part.” It is clear from this quotation of more than half-century ago, that technology was born to facilitate interconnection and communication between humans.

If we did a long jump up to current times and see what technology is like nowadays, the answer would probably be “communication and comfort” from an everyday perspective, and “survival and species continuation” from a broader point of view.

But how do we want to survive to nature? Is it that if we are going to survive thanks to our powerful technological inventions, we will actually keep on living by being able to do nothing anymore – because technology will do everything on behalf of ourselves?


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