The application of science in industry or commerce, it is considered by many to be "the great equalizer."

Historical perspective: Albert Einstein once said "Technological progress is like an ax in the hands of a pathological criminal." By the end of 2018 that sentiment seems to be recognized by Bret Stephens in The New York Times: "The reason that technology so often disappoints and betrays us is that it promises to make easy things that, by their intrinsic nature, have to be hard. Tweeting and trolling are easy. Mastering the arts of conversation and measured debate is hard. Texting is easy. Writing a proper letter is hard. Looking stuff up on Google is easy. Knowing what to search for in the first place is hard. Having a thousand friends on Facebook is easy. Maintaining six or seven close adult friendships over the space of many years is hard. Swiping right on Tinder is easy. Finding love—and staying in it—is hard."

NetLingo Classification: Net Technology