Technology is a product or solution made up of instruments, methods, and techniques designed to solve a problem.
Technology is generally associated with scientific knowledge and engineering; however, Technology is any notion that can facilitate life in society or allow satisfying individual or collective demands or needs, adjusted to the requirements of a specific time.
Regarding its etymological origin, the word technology means “the study of technique.” It comes from the Greek τεχνολογία (Technology), which is made up of τέχνη (téjne), which means “technique, art, trade,” and λόγος (logos), “study, treatise.”
On the other hand, Technology also refers to the scientific discipline focused on the study, research, development, and innovation of techniques and procedures, devices, and tools used to transform raw materials into objects of utility goods. Practice.
It is essential to highlight that Technique is the set of technical knowledge, skills, and rules used to obtain a result. For its part, Technology is the means; that is, it is the link between the how, that the Technique solves it, and the why.
The following terms can be used as synonyms for the word technology: applied sciences, knowledge, techniques, etc.
Currently, the classification of Technology into two categories is recognized: complex technologies and soft technologies.
It is any tangible product, solution, or component whose creation comes from the transformation of materials. Hardware parts and industrial machinery are clear examples of complex Technology.
For a technology to be considered hard, it must meet these characteristics:
It must be innovative: if the product created no longer satisfies current needs, it could not be considered complex Technology.
It must be novel: it has to contribute to what has already been created.
It can become outdated over time.
It must be fast: this applies especially to developments in the field of computing.
It requires maintenance: otherwise, the product will not satisfy the needs for which it was created.
In the enormous diversity of the industrial world, every day, we find terminologies or new concepts that are applied in our work; many of these new terminologies are linked to what we call “Technology.” In the industrial world in which we operate, this concept is prevalent, in theory, the industry is one of the human activities with a more fantastic approach to “Technology,” from which we cannot be on the sidelines because all-new Technology is constantly “alters” in a certain way its entire environment, whether we benefit from having a specific Technology or our activity is affected by lacking it.
Technology is present in almost all areas of modern life, and we live with it daily; just by opening a magazine, a Web page, or turning on the television, we are attacked by a mass of information about “cutting-edge technologies.” “New technologies”, “technological innovations” etc. And within this information, they explain to us roughly what each of these “new technologies” consists of because they assume that it is a concept that we already know and master; But, to be honest, I have my doubts about it, I do not think that the vast majority of us have the same idea of what this concept represents since generally when we think about Technology we immediately associate it with sophisticated machinery and equipment, that is, with something tangible, something that we can touch, which greatly limits the real dimension of this concept since the physical representation that we imagine of it is only one of the many manifestations that it can have. On the other hand, I could not even assure if we understand the difference between Technology and Technique. So for all this, I decided to write this article in which I am not the one who tries to define what Technology is, but rather I try to make known some of the basic points. Let’s see; the Technique has always been related to inventions since the first inventions were born without a previous scientific study by simple experimentation and intuition that later allowed their improvement.