The definition of the ancient Greek word “Techne” (Art) was a skill needed in the making of some object, regardless of this object being functional (craft) or beautiful (art). In this special feature, technology is examined as a whole, without specifically focusing on technical achievements. The interest lies in the system in which a need is born, the human ingenuity to meet this need, and the repercussions on society as a whole when a certain technology prevails. Many references are made to the interaction between society, economy and technology as well as to the complex procedure of society absorbing an innovation which will, in turn, be incorporated into “tradition”.