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Technology First?

Today in class we talked about definitions of technology.  Some thoughts that came up in class:

  • Electronic
  • Digital
  • Tool
  • Hardware / Software
  • Augment human capacity
  • Idea (or is it?)
  • Virtual reality
  • snuggies / e-textiles

Some definitions of technology:

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?


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