Technology is a critical component of our culture and economy. It is used to deliver products on time, create new and better services, and keep businesses competitive.
But technology can also be used to harm us. The internet and mobile empires are advancing technology, and new technologies are creating forces of change from unexpected places.
While tech has been helpful to humans, it can also cause pollution, harm individuals, and scale behavior in ways that we don’t foresee. This is why global cooperation is needed to mitigate these risks and promote the spread of new technologies around the world.
New technologies are often conceived with great foresight, and a human curiosity. Yet, the process of developing a new technology is still an iterative, sometimes arduous process.
Developing a technology requires people with diverse backgrounds, experience, and expertise. Each step of the process is designed to validate underlying ideas and gain greater understanding.
As technologies become increasingly complex, entire industries are created to help support them. These fields include advanced manufacturing techniques, construction organizations, and training.
During the past few centuries, philosophy of technology has focused on the meaning of technology for society. Science and technology are now more closely aligned.
A major challenge for governments is to develop and agree on processes for developing norms for new technologies. Several international organizations are involved in the process.
Governments should also ensure that private-sector entities are given incentives to develop and implement new technologies. Moreover, they should be able to evaluate and measure the impact of these technologies.