While reading through David Nye’s essay, he makes it abundantly clear that the words technology and simplification are synonymous. He argues that “tools” have been around long before written text. Native Americans developed “irrigation systems, insulated cabins, and pottery”- amongst other things before they could write their own names on a piece of paper. (Nye, 5) As a reader we were challenged to define technology in our minds’ before we read this dissertation from Nye– naively, my brain went directly to computers or iPhones. One would be hard-pressed to find any 21st Century college student who would think differently. I don’t believe I’m necessarily wrong to define technology as something like “the cloud” or the most recent iOS development. Could it be considered a short-sighed definition? Certainly. Nye cites astonishing feats like Stonehenge to add some scope to the history and reach of technology. Technology has evolved more in the past 30 years than it had in the previous 2000–with that being said, it is nearly impossible to define something that is constantly changing. As aforementioned, you cannot define technology without the word simplification–but in some instances, technology can complicate situations that could be completed with a pen and a piece of paper.

It seems that things like desktop computers are beginning to be outdated as the emergence of personal and portable laptops/tablets continues to rise. This goes hand in hand with the constant evolution of simplifying our world, we have infinite technology at our fingertips. As a society, we are becoming more global every single day. Globality is important in the corporate world and in the realm of communication–with that being said, it is important that we don’t lose our interpersonal connection with one another. The rise of A.I. could dehumanize us if we rely on robots and computers to answer all of our questions and solve our problems. Collaboration is something that is pivotal to growth, backpacking of each other’s ideas. We can’t lose sight of that.