An Inquiry Into The Question Of How Technology Has Expanded Or Limited The Acquisition Of Knowledge

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The advent of technology in the modern era has caused a number of irreversible and dramatic changes to the daily pattern of our lives. Technology, however, is sometimes misrepresented. It is commonly thought of as a piece of advanced equipment in a laboratory or a giant supercomputer that fills the room. Actually, those things are the result of technology and not technology itself. Technology is a specialized form of knowledge that is used by industry. Once we know what technology is, we can now talk about it properly. Technology has allowed us to see over the horizon and thus has expanded the acquisition of knowledge.

According to the TOK Diagram, there are four ways of knowing. All four of these ways of knowing have been expanded by technology. Reason and Logic have been expanded by the advent of the scientific calculator. This instrument has shortened the time necessary to compute advanced functions, i.e.

Trigonometric, Polynomial and statistical analysis, and allowed that time to be applied to the discovery of new mathematical and scientific theorems. Other people claim that calculators cause more harm than good because they are used increasingly to do simple addition and multiplication. Rather than figuring it out in their head they simply plug it into their calculator, which, if done repeatedly, causes the user to lose math speed furthering their dependence on calculators to do their simple math. Technology also expands the acquisition of knowledge through language. A personal example is when my mother purchased a SAT review program for the computer that drilled math and English to help me bring up my score on the test. This program allowed me to practice sample math problems and use vocabulary "flash cards" in order to increase my knowledge and improve my score. The utilization of technology and its...