Technology is an important subject that has shaped many aspects of daily life. It has brought the world closer together and made many tasks easier and faster to complete. It is an integral part of the modern workplace and can be used to enhance customer sales, improve employee productivity, and even make businesses more efficient and profitable.
The study of Technology is a broad and fascinating field that can be divided into several categories. These include:
Construction technology, a branch of engineering, includes techniques for building construction, canals and inland waterways, dams, harbours and sea works, lighthouses, roads and highways, railways and railway works, tunnels and underground excavations, and environmental work. The construction of all these requires the use of various technologies like civil engineering, metallurgy, hydraulics, mechanical and electrical engineering, geophysics, geology, and soil mechanics.
Technology has revolutionized many industries, including agriculture, industry, and education. The benefits of technology are immense and can greatly improve the quality of life for everyone. However, there are some disadvantages to it as well. Firstly, it can lead to an addiction in people. It also has a negative impact on our health and environment. Moreover, some people fear that machines will replace them in the future.
In this book, Eric Schatzberg provides a fresh new way of looking at the history of the concept of technology. He uses a double lens approach, focusing on the concept’s rich historiography and its current development. He argues that there are two sharply divergent traditions of talking about technology. On the one hand, there are the instrumentalists who portray technology as a narrow technical rationality that is uncreative and devoid of values. This view is exemplified by Aristotle, Hugh of St Victor, Johann Beckmann and Talcott Parsons.