What is technology? Perhaps everything is!

The more I understand the underpinnings of the world the more it seems that virtually all human experience have the attributes of technology.

Non obvious Examples:

1. Language is technology, yes every time communicates a thought they are using technology at least 50 000 years old.

2. Art is technology, as the specific attributes, modalities, characteristics, and forms of art both contain and express some of the technology of their time period. i.e. by its existence art serves as imperfect vehicles of technological transmission regardless of the intent of the artist

3. All human adornments are technology, we’re certainly not born with adornments

4. Religion is technology, again they are partly vehicles of technological transmission

5. Even love is technology, animals got on fine for hundreds of millions of years before the invention of love so it cannot possibly be an innate characteristic nor a prerequisite. Love is an evolutionarily recent addition for enhanced social coordination.

6. Society is technology, social organization is the facilitation of greater coordination through the form of symbols and other structures.

Piping and human health

Ever thought about the piping in your home?

Apparently galvanized pipes were popular for a few decades last century, which can easily corrode and are known to be pretty hazardous to drinking water. Makes sense, I’ve heard stories of rusty looking water and stuff. They’re banned now.

Regular copper pipes back then, usually, had lead solder to join the fittings and pipes together. (it’s much easier to work with) This lead solder could leach into the water, if it was poorly applied, and potentially cause lead poisoning. You can only determine if it’s present by a chemical analysis.

This practice was made illegal by the mid 90’s but any home older than that is likely to have some lead soldered joints. I wonder if there’s a correlation between poor plumbing and health problems….

Nowadays many homes are, apparently, plumbed with different types of plastic piping as copper piping has gotten too expensive for many builders. So lead is not an issue anymore in these homes.

But there’s the question of bio accumulation in the pipes, since plastic does not have the same antimicrobrial properties of copper. Like really old homes with cast iron pipes, if you’ve ever seen a picture of that where it’s gunked up.

Apparently the best material is stainless steel for water pipes. Though it’s unlikely you’ll ever find that, in a residence, outside of a custom built and spec’ed home.

It’s cool to realize there’s entire hidden worlds of technology underlying daily life.

Edited from original post on facebook, December 2018

Quick Note on an easy way to assess iOS apps

If you want to determine if a iOS mobile app is well designed/coded/secure try out using iCloud keychain with the login/registration page.

All proper implementations should follow Apple’s guidelines that lead to key-chain compatibility (i.e. fills out your username/password correctly, etc.).

If for some reason it doesn’t work properly, that’s a red flag for the app/developer.

Originally posted on Facebook May of 2019