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Technology Overview

What is technology? Many people think of technology in terms of tangible objects, such as computers, airplanes, cell phones, space shuttles, and DNA fingerprinting, but technology is more than objects. Technology is the process by which humans modify nature to meet their wants and needs.

According to The National Academies, technology is a combination of science and engineering. It includes all of the components of design, manufacture, operation, and repair of technological artifacts, which make up everything from corporate headquarters to manufacturing plants. It can be difficult, if not impossible, to separate technology from science and engineering. Both are necessary for technology, but technology is the application of unique skills, knowledge, and techniques, which is quite different from science and engineering.

National Science Foundation

This project is supported by the National Science Foundation.

Award Number: 0507882

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