Technology is broadly defined as tools and machines that may be used to solve real-world problems. These tools and machines can be physical, such as a crowbar or wooden spoon or non-physical such as computer software. Technology also includes the systems that create and distribute this technology – such as networks, servers and databases.
Technology influences and is influenced by social issues/factors, such as economics, values, ethics, institutions, groups, the environment, and government. The study of these influences is often called Science and Technology in Society. It is generally accepted that the interaction between technology and culture began at the dawn of humankind with the invention of simple tools, and continues today in a symbiotic and mutually dependent relationship.
Modern technology allows us to manipulate the world in unprecedented ways. However, it is important to remember that technological advancements often bring both advantages and disadvantages.
For example, technology applied to medicine and healthcare has increased life expectancy by improving health conditions. It has also helped to prevent and treat diseases and pandemics, such as the Covid-19 virus.
Technological advancements are changing the way we learn and work. Many educational organizations are using technology to provide students with a more engaging learning experience and to help them become self-sufficient learners. This is accomplished by incorporating virtual field trips, gamification, and other online learning resources to teach students. This technology is also helping educators to automate grading and to assess student progress. Additionally, it is making it easier for teachers to tailor learning materials to meet the needs of different students.