Fast Company has published an excerpt from the e-book Hybrid Reality: Thriving in the Emerging Human-Technology Civilization. The authors state that technology, like language, is as intrinsic to humanity as language. And just as language is part of our larger cultural system, so too is technology or in German Technik which refers not only to the technological tools themselves but also skills and processes surrounding them.
“A century ago, leading Western philosophers appreciated the promise and peril of mass industrialization technologies. Oswald Spengler’s Der Mensch und die Technik: Beitrag zu einer Philosophie des Lebens(1931) proposed to integrate technology into a philosophy of life, arguing that Technik is a process that unites our economic, political, educational and cultural systems. The American sociologist Lewis Mumford, in his Technics and Civilization (1934), emphasized that technology must be more than just objects seen as ends in themselves (monotechnics); it must be a collection of ideas and methods that improve society (polytechnics). Technik unites the scientific and mechanical dimensions of technology (determinism) with a necessary concern for its effect on humans and society (constructivism). Technik, then, is the technological quotient of civilization.”
Technology has always been more a part of our lives than we may realize; the possibilities though of what we can do are getting amplified as we are entering a Connective Age in which not only humans and machines can interact, but also machine-to-machine.