Technology can be viewed as an activity that forms or changes culture . Additionally, technology is the application of math, science, and the arts for the benefit of life as it is known. A modern example is the rise of communication technology, which has lessened barriers to human interaction and as a result has helped spawn new subcultures; the rise of Cyber culture has at its basis the development of the Internet and the computer. Not all technology enhances culture in a creative way; technology can also help facilitate political oppression and war via tools such as guns. As a cultural activity, technology predates both science and engineering, each of which formalize some aspects of technological endeavor.
This essential new knowledge can be obtained only through basic scientific research.In the late-1960s, however, this view came under direct attack, leading towards initiatives to fund science for specific tasks. The issue remains contentious, though most analysts resist the model that technology simply is a result of scientific research.