An Ode to Low Tech

When it comes to technology, many of us can’t help but let our eyes glaze over when the buzzwords start flying. Tech is a complicated field and employs literal geniuses to craft the sci fi sorcery of tomorrow. So, it’s understandable that the layman and laywoman won’t really understand the specifics in a tech discussion. That’s okay, though, because we’re kind of using the word technology to refer exclusively to high technology, when the word technology actually refers to a great many subcategories of varying complexity. For example, a hammer is technology. Admittedly, it’s pretty low tech, but it’s still tech. The relatively old and simple processing of forging a metal hammer is also technology. Every single kitchen gadget on QVC is technology. You see, tech, the abbreviation seems to have kind of appropriate the broad term technology and co opted it for use to refer only hi tech gadgets and gizmos in recent years, but it’s merely the latest in a long, long line of human innovations spanning our entire history. At the dawn of our species, tying a rock to a stick, making a hammer, was also technology. Fire was technology the moment a man made technique came about to produce it on the fly. Yes, tech has a long and storied history from the nameless cavemen to Galileo to the Wright Brothers, to Steve Jobs.

So, next time you hear the word tech, or technology, think of those name of old behind some of our most ubiquitous technological advancements that we now take for granted. It’s the least we can do for those who have paved the way for the fancy futuristic gadgets we use today. That being said, today’s hi tech gadgets and gizmos are pretty great, too, so just be grateful.