Today in class we talked about definitions of technology. Some thoughts that came up in class:
- Hardware / Software
- Augment human capacity
- Idea (or is it?)
- Virtual reality
- snuggies / e-textiles
Some definitions of technology:
- National Academy of Engineering and National Research Council: A broad definition of technology is any modification of the natural world made to fulfill human needs or desires.
- Alan Kay: Technology is anything that wasn’t around when you were born.
Which is first? Technology, or the need that it meets? See Don Norman’s thoughts in his article on Technology First, Needs Last.
What do YOU think is a useful definition of technology? How is a definition useful in informing our designs?