What IS Technology? It’s history, present, and future.

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We throw the word technology around a lot. Today, it’s become almost synonymous with computers, cameras, and GPS’s. But, it’s much more than that. Technology has a history as long as that of humanity. In fact, it’s the constant that separates the eras, centuries, and generations of people. We are different from our grandparents and ancestors because of technology.

So, what is technology? The purpose of technology is to extend our natural abilities. Until very recently in human history, this has been a physical concept. Hands can’t cut, knives can. People can’t push, wheelbarrows roll. Horses are fast, engines are faster. You get the picture. Today, technology manifests itself differently. Computers have become extensions of our brains, the most complex organ of our body. That’s what makes right now one of the most exciting times in human history. Technology as we understand it has reached the ultimate frontier, thinking on its own, and not being dependent on a person to function. Imagine a world where we don’t have to think anymore! I can’t.

Anyways, back to the present. The life of technology is in the present. That’s why we automatically call our cell phones, tablets, and PC’s “tech”, when the wheel was “tech” some thousand years ago. The present is where technology is developing and evolving the most at the moment. In the future, it will most likely be something different. And probably, that something is not too far away, now that technology is improving and changing exponentially faster than ever.

So, why am I talking about the definition of something we all know. Well, this blog is meant to discuss the future of tech, which means understanding where it came from and in what direction it is currently going. I can’t say I know where that is, but I do know this: it’s important to have a solid understanding of the past and present before trying to grasp the future. That’s why I like a good definition.

Here’s where I think technology is going. Since tech is meant to extend human abilities, the next frontier for technology is the brain. Programmers and computer engineers are already trying to replicate the brain. After our tech has surpassed the abilities of the brain, who knows where its going? Biological re-engineering maybe? Counter evolution? Whatever it is, one thing is for sure: it will always be “tech”, and I’m gonna talk about it.

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