On the Nature of Technologies: Knowledge, Procedures, Artifacts and Production Inputs
Posted: 25 Jan 2010
Date Written: January 2010
In the most general terms, a technology can be seen as a human-constructed means for achieving a particular end, such as the movement of goods and people, the transmission of information or the cure of a disease. These means most often entail procedures regarding how to achieve the ends concerned, particular bits of knowledge, artifacts and of course specific physical inputs necessary to yield the desired outcomes. In fact, the procedures and the underlying knowledge they draw upon, the physical and intangible inputs implicated, and the performance characteristics of outputs are different but complementary aspects of what technology is. These things are the object of this short essay.
Keywords: Technology, Ontology, Production theory
JEL Classification: A10, L20, O30
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