If we accept that technology concerns mankind’s methods of doing or making things, then from the time that men first used stones to kill in order to eat they have lived in societies in which technology has played a role.1 The importance of that role has increased slowly through the centuries. The arm that threw the stone was eventually aided by a sling; the stone gave way to a spear. The bow and arrow became dominant. Guns fired bullets, howitzers hurled shells, and now intercontinental ballistic missiles carry nuclear bombs. At whatever time we consider in the history of the human race men have been using technology and the technology has been changing. However, for most of our history the rate of change has been very slow, perhaps barely perceptible. The effects of the changes were probably felt as isolated events separated by many years in which little or nothing altered.
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