Interaction of Technology and Humans
Societies influence technological development. Societies are characterized by common elements such as shared values, differentiated roles, and cultural norms, as well as by entities such as community institutions, organizations, and businesses. Interaction of Technology and Humans concerns the ways society drives the improvement and creation of new technologies, and how technologies both serve and change society.
By the end of grade 2
Human needs and desires determine which new tools are developed.
• Technology has changed the way people live and work.
• Various tools can improve daily tasks and quality of life.
By the end of grade 5
• Societal needs and wants determine which new tools are developed to address real-world problems.
• A new tool may have favorable or unfavorable results as well as both positive and negative effects on society.
• Technology spurs new businesses and careers.
By the end of grade 8
• Economic, political, social, and cultural aspects of society drive development of new technological products, processes, and systems.
• Technology interacts with society, sometimes bringing about changes in a society’s economy, politics, and culture, and often leading to the creation of new needs and wants.
• New needs and wants may create strains on local economies and workforces.
• Improvements in technology are intended to make the completion of tasks easier, safer, and/or more efficient.
By the end of grade 12
• Decisions to develop new technology are driven by societal and cultural opinions and demands that differ from culture to culture.
• Changes caused by the introduction and use of a new technology can range from gradual to rapid and from subtle to obvious, and can change over time. These changes may vary from society to society as a result of differences in a society’s economy, politics, and culture.