Early 17th century: from Greek tekhnologia systematic treatment, from tekhnē art, craft + -logia (see -logy). Quite right, and for a more detailed and critical discussion of how earlier scholars, historians, and intellectuals have defined or thought about the term technology,” you’ll want to check out Michael’s other recent essay, What Are We Talking About When We Talk About Technology ?” which preceded the one cited above.
Can i just tell you with a humble heart and my intellect in wonder, as i’m no academic or much anything, even my science fiction reading history being coincidental or maybe synchronistic in many cases(this improved with time, i’m more systematically adept in reading now).
Further befuddlement can be found in the works of the French philosopher-poet Bernard Stiegler, who says that technology is organized inorganic matter.” That doesn’t quite cover the brave new world of genetic engineering and GMOs, so we still lack a good working definition of the term.
In one respect, the term has come to mean something narrower – the above definition would admit art or politics as means of gain, yet though those activities are permeated by technology now, most of us would not consider them to be examples or subsets of technology.
If educational technology is concerned with thinking carefully about teaching and learning, then a computer has a contribution to make irrespective of its use as a means of implementation, for the design of computer-based learning environments gives us a new perspective on the nature of teaching and learning and indeed on general educational objectives.