I am writing a book on the history of the concept of technology, and using this blog to work out my ideas. Unlike my friend who is writing on the history of sex toys, when I tell people about my project at parties they usually excuse themselves and head for the toilet. But this story turns about to be a lot more interesting than you might think. Everyone knows that technology is a ubiquitous concept of our late-modern age, but the term is also vague and poorly understood. In fact, scholars know surprisingly little about the history of this concept. My book is intended to fill this gap. In doing so, I will also challenge the way the term gets used to obscure the role of conscious human choice in shaping our material culture.