5 ways the definition of technology has evolved

Keith Hake

From Greek 'tekhne' and 'logia', technology has in a way or another been with humans since the Paleolithic period when stones were turned into tools.

The word was created through 'inkhorn' which basically refers to the methodology of borrowing foreign words in this case the Greek words 'tekhne' and 'logia' to form an English word for something that has no given word until that date.

Early 20th Century

According to the Encyclopaedia Britannica, and professor of the history of technology Robert Angus Buchanan, by the early 20th century, the term embraced a growing range of means, processes, and ideas in addition to tools and machines.

Secondly, it was the application of knowledge for practical ends, as in a particular field: educational technology.

21st Century

Today, technology encompasses many disruptive trends and is seen as a fundamental part of human life.

This definition then branches out to machinery and devices developed from scientific knowledge.

Keith Hake
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