chapter  1
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The Immensity of Technology

Technology represents a powerful mode of activity capable of shaping the entire universe, whether this be in matters of action, intellectual thought or material products. Ursula Franklin expresses technology’s power by stating that it ‘has acted to reorder and restructure social relations, not only affecting the relations between social groups but also the relations between nations and individuals, and between all of us and our environment’ (Franklin 1990, p. 13). The tendency of technology to be the dominant organizer extends back to the early history of mankind as can be seen by the fact that each age is referred to in terms of its predominant technology: from stone tools to bronze ones followed by the iron age. In more recent times we have the agricultural revolution, the industrial revolution and the information age, each with a particular set of technological tools.