General Science, Mathematics, and Technology


What is high technology or high tech?

This buzz term used mainly by the lay media (as opposed to scientific, medical, or technological media) appeared in the late 1970s. It was initially used to identify the newest, “hottest” application of technology to fields such as medical research, genetics, automation, communication systems, and computers. It usually implied a distinction between technology to meet the information needs of society and traditional heavy industry, which met more material needs. By the mid–1980s, the term had become a catch-all applying primarily to the use of electronics (especially computers) to accomplish everyday tasks.


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