<aside> 🤖 There are three building blocks to understanding technology as a concept. #1 is that tech = creation. #2 is that we build it to pursue our lives outside our biology. And #3 is that it shapes us deeply as humans.

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There's no bigger concept to our times than technology.

But, what is technology? If we're asking questions concerning technology, what are they concerning? When is something technology - and can we ever stop calling it that? When are bad things technology's fault, as opposed to the person who uses it? Think about it for longer than a minute, and you realise it’s a tricky concept to pin down. All the more reason for us to get to grips with it.

Here's my take:

Technology is creation that furthers our pursuit of life, and shapes our understanding of the world.

Woah, there’s a lot to unpack there. I try to take theories from big thinkers, and make them usable and simple. Let's go through the three parts step by step:

Technology is creation

We start in Silicon Valley. Specifically with ‘Zero to One: Notes for Startups’ by Peter Thiel, one of the Valley's most influential founders and investors. In it, he says the single word for vertical, 0 to 1 progress, is technology.

Technology is going from 0 to 1 - building new things. In other words, creation.

In Thiel's words, these acts of creation - technology - are miracles because they let us do more with less. And Thiel contrasts technology (going from 0 to 1, or vertically) with globalisation (going from 1 to 100+, or horizontally). Moving from horse and cart to car is technology, then building it 100 times in a factory is globalisation.

And this ability to create new things isn't automatic. There have been times in history - like the Dark Ages in Europe - where people haven't created anything.