Amazingly, Technology is one of the main factors and means that has driven the world so far, and forever shall it be so. This is what has given our lives such a leap.
Most of us I am pretty sure, might appreciate Technology from the angle of Information Technology (IT) and it is quite understandable because that is all that we have been exposed to as Technology.
The following are examples of Technology yet because of how common they are today, the notion of them being seen as such, and perhaps the impact of how big a deal they were and still are, has been lost on us.
The discovery of Fire was Technology. Mind you, this was in the medieval or primitive era. It enabled man to warm up during cold times, and also to see in darkness to protect against,and to defeat predators.
Again out of the discovery of Fire, spears, cutlass and other form of weaponry got invented.
As this Technology got worked on, it became possible to produce large weaponry in the form of canons that could be used to wipe off thousands during war on a mass scale.
During the industrial revolution, another Technology was discovered and the Technology was electricity.
The discovery of Electricity changed the whole perspective on productivity. Factories and industries could now churn out more products throughout the entire day.
Employees could work 24 hours and 7 days in a week in the industries. So more people got employed and economic growth was phenomenal.
Out of this industrial revolution led to the steam and combustible engine Technologies, which also totally altered the way man travelled. This led to the invention of ships, cars to carry goods from one country to another, and within towns, or cities.
Finally, the discovery of flight Technology in the Nineteenth Century completely brought countries closer as never seen before because shorter time was required in reaching other countries, unlike the ship’s slow movement.
The ship took days to reach whatever destination. This means Flights could be used to deliver goods and services at a faster, more convenient way then the ships.
Well, the Internet Technology of today has given the capacity to do business in any country of one’s choice by a click of a button, away from wherever you are, by not necessarily stepping foot in a country, and in very scalable manner. For example AB&B, UBER, ALI BABA and so on
So what is Technology?
Technology is anytime, anywhere a new variable is introduced to the same set of circumstances, to create a totally different exponential result.
From this one can deduce that:
Technology is not information technology products like computers, printers, scanners, photocopiers, tablets, phones, as well as software applications but a means or vehicle through which a Technology can be deployed to achieve exponential results.
So what should one do?
Before one decides to spend on any Technology, one has to identify and understand the same set of circumstances, and then look for the variables that can scale it beyond imagination.
Always understand that the variables are very simple, in little clues and most times, embedded within the same set of circumstances.
Technology is not IT and IT is not Technology.
Think About It