We will always be grateful for the advancements technology has brought into our lives. We can hardly imagine how our life would be without it. Technology has a lot to offer that science can use to keep advancing. It provides science a means to study how things will behave. Not just behavior, technology also helps science to observe things before making them. Science considers technology more than just tools. It uses technology to look for directions to develop scientific theories. With technology, the future of science seems promising. Otherwise, will you be able to conduct research if you do not have relevant technology?
Technology Directs Theories and Research
Science understands the importance of technology and uses it to get direction for their theory and research. Let’s look at some examples to see how true this statement is. Have you heard about cell theory? This theory basically describes the properties of cells. Imagine if we didn’t have technology like the microscope, would scientists have been able to know that all living things are made of cells? Now we know that cells come from other living cells, and it is the smallest unit of life, all thanks to technology that helped science to discover this.
Consider the theory of the conservation of energy. We had the steam engine back then, and we wanted to increase its efficiency. When faced with this technological problem, science developed the theory of the conservation of energy. That’s how the thermal energy was converted to mechanical energy, which in turn was converted to electricity. So, you see how technology was the motivation behind developing the theory of converting energy from one form to another without it getting created or destroyed.
How Does Science Benefit from Technology?
It’s hard to imagine the future without technology or science, we need both. We face problems in our daily lives that need to be solved to make our life easier. Technology is here with us, finding solutions to our practical problems with the help of science. Similarly, science is exploring and making discoveries with the help of technology. Both science and technology work together and help us simplify our lives. When you look closely, you will observe that technology is the foundation of our modern science. When we didn’t have technology in the past, we were wrong about so many things. We will be looking at one example to understand this better.
Do you know that before the invention of the telescope people used to believe that the sun was rotating around our earth? There were many such wrong beliefs in those times. Then the telescope was invented, bringing us out of our ignorance. We explored the night sky with the help of technology and educated ourselves. This happened a couple of centuries ago. Now technology has helped us to explore space and soon with its help we will be able to travel across planets. Doesn’t all of this sound so fascinating? The best part is that using technology science can convert these possibilities into realities.
Technology and Science in Different Areas
We can put it this way, Science and Technology are omnipresent. Check any area and you will see how technology along with science is helping them to advance. We will be exploring how technology is giving back to science in different areas.
Education and Employment
Let’s begin with education and employment. Science needs data to study concepts. And, these data need to be collected and analyzed. With the help of technology, science can measure the data to create explanations. Using technology, science can reach out to individuals all over the world who might have something to contribute to discoveries and future developments. Science focuses on exploring new fields to become more useful to us and technology helps science by providing it ways.
In employment, science uses technology to research the need for job roles for carrying out current and future job responsibilities. This helps in the creation of relevant jobs. The educational institute studies the changing requirements of the job and accordingly makes changes to their educational programs. Looking at this in the bigger picture, science, and technology help to understand the job requirements and prepare the students in advance for the future.
Society and Governance
Science and technology have created awareness among the general public and changed the way we see our society. But there are downsides as well. Our environment is changing because of the activities that we carry out. Science and Technology are also being used as a means for economic expansion, leading to the destruction of natural systems.
To deal with this problem, science and technology are involved in policymaking so that the attention can be shifted from a money-making mindset to benefiting the individual’s mindset. We are creating awareness among the general public that along with maximizing profit, science and technology have the potential to prevent damage to future generations.
Science and Technology Relationship
Science and Technology work together to create systems that help us to manage our everyday life better. With science, we get new knowledge that can be used to develop technologies to solve our problems. Now more than ever, we can control the impact technology is having on our society and environment with the help of science. Think of it this way, science was there with us all along. Then we created technology and science uses it to help us advance. And, now with the help of science, we are using technology in the right way.
Now we have facilities available with us that only existed in the imagination of our past generation. Most of the things that we can see around wouldn’t have existed if we didn’t have science and technology. The relationship between science and technology can be considered successful as each provides directions to the other to move forward. We can conclude by saying technology is the motivation that science needs to keep exploring and make useful inventions. And, on the other hand, science is the knowledge that technology needs to solve problems in our lives.