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Technology is a collective term for any man-made tool or tools that serve a purpose in solving a dilemma or problem.

The Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary defines technology as "the practical application of knowledge especially in a particular area", or "a capability given by the practical application of knowledge".[1]

Technological Development has preceded throughout history with one invention building upon others.

Some modern examples of technological innovations are:

Rapid development of new forms of modern technology and its effect on the world and its societies

See also: Change management and Future Shock and United States and innovation

The Amazon description of the book The Exponential Age: How Accelerating Technology is Transforming Business, Politics and Society:

A bold exploration and call-to-arms over the widening gap between AI, automation, and big data—and our ability to deal with its effects

We are living in the first exponential age.

High-tech innovations are created at dazzling speeds; technological forces we barely understand remake our homes and workplaces; centuries-old tenets of politics and economics are upturned by new technologies. It all points to a world that is getting faster at a dizzying pace.

Azeem Azhar, renowned technology analyst and host of the Exponential View podcast, offers a revelatory new model for understanding how technology is evolving so fast, and why it fundamentally alters the world. He roots his analysis in the idea of an “exponential gap” in which technological developments rapidly outpace our society’s ability to catch up. Azhar shows that this divide explains many problems of our time—from political polarization to ballooning inequality to unchecked corporate power. With stunning clarity of vision, he delves into how the exponential gap is a near-inevitable consequence of the rise of AI, automation, and other exponential technologies, like renewable energy, 3D printing, and synthetic biology, which loom over the horizon.

And he offers a set of policy solutions that can prevent the growing exponential gap from fragmenting, weakening, or even destroying our societies. The result is a wholly new way to think about technology, one that will transform our understanding of the economy, politics, and the future.[2]


Technology springs from the Greek root word tekne meaning child. It refers to the remarkable speed and ease with which a child can master a craft or trade which the child's parent, as an adult, may have spent 20 years in an apprenticeship to learn.


  1. Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
  2. [ The Exponential Age: How Accelerating Technology is Transforming Business, Politics and Society

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