Defining Technology

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Defining Technology by Mind Map: Defining Technology

1. My Understanding of Technology Now

1.1. My Findings

1.1.1. According to Arthur (2009): “The first and most basic one is a technology is a means to fulfill a human purpose. … As a means, a technology may be a method or process or device… Or it may be complicated… Or it may be material… Or it may be nonmaterial. Whichever it is, it is always a means to carry out a human purpose.”. In short this quote defines technology as a way of helping us humans by serving a purpose to our needs and wants. Arthur also points out that technology can be material or non material implying that it is not just the typical circuits and futuristic gadgets you see but is embodied in a more larger aspect human creativity can push. As said by Ramey, 2013 "Technology is a body of knowledge devoted to creating tools, processing actions and extracting of materials.". This being said technology is an invention to create tools and create a beautiful result of ones artwork. What has Technology done for us? Construct better gadgets Spark innovation Inspire Others Help businesses grow easily Better communication Build Creativity Easier Access to education, etc Assistance Access to information Entertain

1.2. Therefore...

1.2.1. Although a bit tough to define, technology can be summarized as a result of creativity and inspiration. Another way one could define technology is that it is an invention to improve lives, build innovation and create vast ideas by the application of knowledge onto a product.

2. References

2.1. 1. Arthur, W.B. (2009). The Nature of Technology: What It Is and How It Evolves. New York: Free Press.

2.2. 2. Ramey, K. (2013, December 12). What Is Technology - Meaning Of Technology And Its Use. Retrieved January 17, 2017, from

3. My Understanding of Technology Before

3.1. Computers and Laptops

3.2. Phones

3.3. Cars

3.3.1. Before I had research regarding on what technology actually is, I always saw it as an item people can use that has an integration of modern and futuristic capabilities that was upgraded from a past model or a completely new invention.

3.4. Internet

3.5. Futuristic

3.6. Circuits