Technology, according to Wikipedia, is the collection of techniques, skills, methods, and processes used in the production of goods or services or in the accomplishment of objectives, such as scientific investigation. Technology can be the knowledge of techniques, processes, and the like, or it can be embedded in machines to allow for operation without detailed knowledge of their workings.
In my opinion, technology is the gap between the developed and developing nations. What has made the developed nations of the world so is simply their technological know-how. Over the centuries, America, Europe and other western nations have demonstrated great commitment and tremendous investments towards enhance their technological base. The essence of technology in virtually all aspects of human existence cannot be over-emphasized. These front-line nations of the world have taken advantage of this and have been able to better the lot of humanity. Apparently, this, of course, has paid off in subsequent years. They have become the trailblazers in practically every facet of human life and living.
For Africa as a continent, the converse holds. There is a sharp contrast from what obtains in the western world. What can be said to account for the backwardness of the third world countries? In the first place, why are they so-called? What does it even mean when a country is referred to as third world? In my opinion, what is responsible for this is simply in their priorities. The developed nations set their priorities right. They understand that for them to have better, more desirable and secured posterity, there is a price to pay. Did I say price? Yes. The price of looking inwards, thinking outside the box, the price of research, innovation and invention to come out with solution-providing results and outcomes capable of re-assuring them of their desired living standard.
In contrast, here in Africa, our mentality is outlandish in its entirety, we have a complete divergent set of priorities. We want to enjoy the good things of life, have the best of comfort possible, have best living standards, yes, and of course at a price too. The universal price; money. This would not have been an issue in itself but for the fact that we have developed insatiable taste and desire for unnecessary luxury. And when the means to ‘purchase’ or ‘pay for’ this said luxury is disproportionate to earning ability, it then becomes a problem and all avenues to acquire these ‘unnecessary luxury’ will therefore be brought to bear. This accounts for the corrosive degree of corruption in these third world countries which has blindfolded and hampered everyone from seeing the bright future which could only be achieved by vision-driven minds. The available resources which ought to be utilized and optimized for the purpose of investment and development of these nations are hijacked, diverted and syphoned by their leaders for the purpose of gratifying their selfish and ostentatious lifestyles.