Since the inception of human history, people have embraced technologies, from stone axes to plows. Later, the wave of social and technological modernization unleashed by the Industrial Revolution swept the world into the contemporary era. Today, humans are confronting ever more overwhelming technologies. Social and technical discourse on and debates about new technologies with mass popularity or economic ramifications abound.
In all this time, however, only a relatively small amount of scholarship has been achieved in the field. Even now, the study of technology is likely to be perceived as peripheral and confused with science. Moreover, a fundamental consideration about technology itself and an empirical approach to figuring out the relationship between technology and society remain rather esoteric to scholars. However, the pervasiveness of technology and its transcending impact on human lives require fierce deliberations in our time.