Technology is the current state of human knowledge about how to combine raw materials, energy and other inputs to produce desired outputs such as tools, medicines, buildings, cars, etc. It includes technical methods, skills, processes, techniques, and tools as well as the underlying scientific principles. It is an important subject for those who research, develop and implement new technologies and for everyone else whose lives are impacted by them.
Individual citizens may rarely be in a position to ask questions at a public level about the large-scale uses of technology, but their awareness can increase the importance given to answers by private enterprise, interest groups and public officials. Furthermore, their knowledge can help them to make better decisions on individual levels about efficient household appliances, substances that contribute to pollution, or foods and fabrics.
Technology is a necessary part of the world we live in. It improves productivity, communication and allows us to access information at our fingertips. However, it is also important to note the disadvantages and pitfalls of using technology in our everyday lives. For example, some people are so engrossed in their phones or social media that it affects their health in the form of eye problems, weight gain, sleeplessness and even depression. Privacy and security are also important issues that are impacted by our use of technology. Technology can also be a distraction at work and lead to an increase in workplace accidents. It is also important to understand the impact that technology has on our environment.