What is the scope of this category?
February 2, 2011 2:08 AM Subscribe
How broadly do we define technology in today's world? What do we understand it to refer to when using the word? What are the assumptions we are making?
posted by infini to Technology (8 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I'm writing a series on technology in emerging markets and the recent MetaFilter thread discussion
on Kevin Kelly's new book and assertion that no species of technology has become extinct is making me wonder how narrowly or broadly do we define the term and what do we mean by it.
At first thought it seems to be all about hardware and software and applications i.e. computing and ICT devices. Now I wonder if it might extend to manufacturing or engineering or even recycling.
Would appreciate any generally accepted definition of the term or consensual understanding of "what we all mean by it" particularly in terms of the developing world.
tl;dr - how would we differentiate between the category "internet & computers" and "technology"?