Team 1 Keywords

This word seems to appear quite often throughout the beginning parts of “What Technology Wants.” As we know, many of our words have Greek origins, and techne is found frequently in our vocabulary. Look at all words that have this base: technical, technician, technique, etc., etc. Today, we continue to struggle with thetrue definition of “technology.” Although we may never find an agreeable definition for “technology”, we can travel back to the past in this instance and examine the root of the word as a whole. Kelly explains that techne is, “…meant something like art, skill, craft, or even craftiness.” (Kelly 7) Technology can often be misconstrued, and many associate the word with complex ideas. However, it can be as simple startinga fire. Kelly talks about birds and chimpanzees (just to name a few) using so-called “technology” in order to achieve a certain goal. When broken down to its root(techne), technology can be viewed as simply using a craft or skill that ultimatelyserves a purpose. As a result, it appears that as a society, we have possibly thought too deeply about defining technology.

Kelly says (technology), “Now it hardly ever stops changing, never stops interacting.” (Kelly 58) Change can be a very vague word among the English vocabulary. It can often have both positive and negative connotations. Throughout history we have seen how change has affected technology and our existence as a whole. We need to go as far back as the time in which we evolved into homo sapiens. Our brains and the universe around us affected our each and every move. We continuously searched for ways to improve upon a task or a goal at hand. Cars now are much different from those from the early 1900s, yet the main purpose is still to transport us from point A to point B. As our minds and tools become increasingly complex, change may become more difficult. Will we eventually hit a breaking point, being unable to evolve technology? This will not happen in our lifetime, but it is something to think about for the future. Change surrounds us each and everyday. People change, the weather changes; everything changes. On a technological spectrum, how will change affect us in 50 years? 100 years? 1000? Only time will tell.

One word that we see repeated in the beginning of the book is “Amish”. Kelly begins the book by discussing the Amish, who keep technology in their communities to a minimum, and his encounters with/similarities to them. He explains the Amish as more of a verb than a noun, describing it as almost an organic state of being. The Amish are portrayed as living a much more simple life than the outlying world, and they don't use modern day technology even just for shortcuts (chainsaws, telephones, etc.). What does this word, Amish, mean to the rest of these chapters? The Amish are thought to use little or no technology when they are studied by outsiders, but after reading these chapters we learn that technology isn't just modern day electronics, but actually encompasses basically every piece of equipment that was invented by humans. From the Amish example, we learn that even though we typically think of technology as electronics or modern day gadgets, technology is a much more broad definition and can seldom be avoided in every day life.

A capacity for acquiring and using complex systems of communication by way of speaking, writing, or using symbols. Language can be carried out in a variety of ways, but the important thing to know about language is that it is a way of expression unlike any other. Now that humans have language, we would be dumbfounded if we had to go without it. We can barely communicate without the use of language. It has become a necessity for the human race, even if not in the form of verbal language. Kelly points out that language allows for much faster learning and communication. Has language evolved since it was created like other forms of technology have? Is language a type of technology? Is the ability to acquire language present in the technetium, or are we just giving the computer directions?

An inadvertent anticipatory invention, such as feathers which were at first for the purpose of warmth, but later on it was discovered that they were good for flight, too.