What’s one piece of technology you can’t live without?

Bonus topics: What technology do you wish would disappear from the world?

While Wikipedia may not be appropriate for citation in a research paper, it works fine for my purposes here. So, according to Wikipedia, “Technology is the usage and knowledge of tools, techniques, crafts, systems or methods of organization in order to solve a problem or serve some purpose.”

That being the case, my answer is: forced air heating and air conditioning followed by a close second of indoor plumbing with hot water. Of course, an astute reader will notice that both the first and second assume a house with electricity.

Not that I actually think I have answered the question that was intended. But I do think that technology has become so much a part of our everyday lives that we make assumptions about the question and our answers jump past some of the most basic technology in our everyday lives here in the United States. I think that most of the time we assume that technology refers to something that has some sort of computer in it like an mp3 player or car or oven with a touch sensitive keypad and timer. But technology also includes refrigerators with no programmable parts and water heaters with a pilot light and no electronic lighter.

And, all that being the case, I am also quite sure that I could survive without some of the things I have named as things “I can’t live without.” Really, it’s about preferences and the resources to access those preferences on a regular basis.

If I answer the question based on preferences that I have been able to sustain with my resources, the answer to the question shifts to satellite radio, satellite tv with dvr able to record two shows simultaneously, computer, and smart phone. Oh, wait, ONE thing … computer, I guess. Since, for the most part, a computer can accomplish what I want from the other things I named.

On further consideration, I probably should have named Cimzia. Cimzia is the current biologic (my 5th biologic) that keeps my body moving in a relatively smooth and somewhat reliable manner.

There is no question that biologics are dependent on technology for their existence. In fact, the amount of technology needed to create biologics is the excuse every manufacturer of biologics uses to charge exorbitant prices for those biologics. A cynic like me would like to ask the question, “If you used the money spent for advertising biologics on research and development of biologics or on underwriting/subsidizing part of the patients’ cost for those biologics, how expensive would they be?” I do realize that most, if not all, of the manufacturers provide monetary assistance for many patients who use biologics. But, the people who need biologics are a very limited set of people who should be under the care of a physician who specializes in the disease being treated by the biologic. That specialist will have a pretty educated opinion on the necessity of a biologic that is used for a certain group of people. So why are biologics being mass marketed? (yes, that really is a rhetorical question.)

With that tangent, this post now has more than 500 words and qualifies as a long post for this blog. 🙂

Thanks for reading.

I’d love for you to comment, too.


About Sarah The Vicar of Hogsmeade

I'm an United Methodist clergywoman with two daughters. I read. I geocache. I look for excuses to laugh. My Ph.D. is on Clergywomen and Grief.
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One Response to technology

  1. Terri says:

    living for 23 hours through a blizzard and plunging subzero temps I learned a bit about how dependent I am on technology, both basic and more sophisticated forms. We had neither heat nor electricity nor the oven, since the furnace and oven have electric ignitions. We did have hot water and I could use the stove top. Our computers ran out of power quickly and we had to charge my cell phone in the car -because our cell phones are our only phones. We were literally snow-bound and couldn’t leave the house – but we wouldn’t have gone anyway because we didn’t want to leave our animals.

    I wished for a wood-burning stove or even a fireplace…for a reasonable source of light and heat because the dark night seemed very long with nothing to do but lie in bed and strive to stay warm. Some heat and enough light to read or knit would have been ok.

    I won’t even get started with my thoughts on medication/insurance/medical industry…

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