What is technology and is it really helpful?

What is tech and what is so great about it?

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Origins of technology

The word Technology has really grown in popularity since the 1950s. It originates from the Greek for art or craft, “teckne”, and “logia” relating to study. Together these words became teknologia meaning the systematic treatment.

Technology can be considered to be anything created, not-naturally occurring that improves a process, outcome or understanding.

Human-kind’s ability to create rudimentary tools and to control fire would have been a couple of the earliest technological developments, both of which have been fundamental in the development of the human race.

Isn’t technology just gadgets?

Today, from a consumer point of view, we often think technology is just a collection of gadgets like mobile phones, the internet, computers, big TVs, HiFi’s, cars, drones, robotic grass cutters etc.

In an enterprise or business world, technology often has a fairly narrow, often sector specific definition but still seems to gravitate towards what’s known as “IT”, Information Technology – computers, networks, servers, software and storage.

Yet in some domains technology has broader remits and it is those I thoroughly enjoy discovering and exploring. From flavour technologies in food and beverages, to chemical process technologies for odours and aromas and DNA and gene technologies like CRISPR.

What is technology and how can it be helpful?

In my blog I look for interesting ideas and concepts that are being used in the real world today, to help demonstrate and explain how technology is being used to create value, solve problems or generally just be helpful.

The articles I write focus on particular problems or situations and how specific technological developments or solutions are able to solve or improve them.

I’m very aware that in today’s world acronyms like “5G” or “IoT” get thrown around all the time, yet for most people these are just confusing, misleading or uninteresting. My blogs don’t aim to answer “what is 5G?” or “what is IoT?”, rather I try to find simple ideas that are addressed by perhaps complex technologies.

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Helping you make sense of it all

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And a little bonus – I try to find interesting places to write about these things, so you’ll also find that every now and then I will post something about a place you might like to visit. I know, not particularly techie, but I do love to travel, too.

Contact me if there is a modern technology like 5G, IoT, AR, VR, or Blockchain that you just don’t get and could do with a little real-world explanation.

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Work with me

Having spent my entire career bridging the worlds or technologist, marketers, consumers and business owners I have a unique ability to write about technological ideas in a way normal people understand.

This can be very valuable to companies looking to convey complex ideas to a mass market – particularly in the domains of 5G, IoT, VR, AR, Blockchain and other emerging technologies.

Contact me today to find out how I can help you with that challenge.