The direct effect that technology and its influence has on society cannot be overstated. Technology means something different to each person who hears it. It could be that when you hear the term technology your mind focuses on things like rocket ships, flying cars, and jet planes. Other people will think about faster computers, smart tablets, or machines that have the ability to learn on their own and mimic human behavior. Other people focus on the science and research aspect of technology. They think about improved laboratory equipment and advances in technology that allow one to grow food in hostile places.
The way that society looks at the term technology can often determine where they put their time and their energy. For example, if people look at technology only as things associated with computers or electronic devices that make fast advancements or that change quickly, then they will not give a sufficient amount of attention to other things that, although forms of technology, are not defined by most in society as technology. These things that are essential to life and must constantly improve if life on this planet is going to get better.
This does not mean that one should minimize the importance of new smart tablets, smart phones, electronic methods of payment, or social networks. The truth is that these things are moving society in ways that were not thought possible just a few years ago. Thanks to these types of technologies, fortunes are being made around the globe. However, other aspects of technology need to be explored if society is going to continue to progress in the ways that many thought society would two or three decades ago.
For example, science fiction always projected the idea that by the mid-2,000’s mankind would have flying cars. Instead, mankind has many ways to share media and videos. The point is that while it is important to focus on the electronics in the computer related aspects of technology, physical, things like improving the quality of deaerator trays, automobile motors, or home construction, cannot be overlooked.