High technology (high tech), also known as frontier technology (frontier tech), is
technology Technology ("science of craft", from Ancient Greek, Greek , ''techne'', "art, skill, cunning of hand"; and , ''wikt:-logia, -logia'') is the sum of any Art techniques and materials, techniques, skills, Scientific method, methods, and Business ...

that is at the
cutting edge Cutting edge or The Cutting Edge may refer to: *The cutting surface of a blade or other cutting tool *State of the art, the highest level of development, as of a device, technique, or scientific field Businesses *Cutting Edge Creations, an Ameri ...
: the most advanced technology available. It can be defined as either the most complex or the newest technology on the market. The opposite of high tech is ''
low technology Low technology (low tech; adjective forms: low-technology, low-tech, lo-tech) is simple technology Technology ("science of craft", from Ancient Greek, Greek , ''techne'', "art, skill, cunning of hand"; and , ''wikt:-logia, -logia'') is the s ...
'', referring to simple, often traditional or mechanical technology; for example, a slide rule is a low-tech calculating device. When high tech becomes old, it becomes low tech, for example vacuum tube electronics. The phrase was used in a 1958 ''The New York Times'' story advocating "Nuclear power, atomic energy" for Europe: "... Western Europe, with its dense population and its high technology ...." Robert Metz used the term in a financial column in 1969, saying Arthur H. Collins of Collins Radio "controls a score of high technology patents in a variety of fields." and in a 1971 article used the abbreviated form, "high tech." A widely used classification of high-technological manufacturing industries was provided by the OECD in 2006. It is based on the intensity of research and development activities used in these industries within OECD countries, resulting in four distinct categories. Startup company, Startups working on high technologies (or developing new high technologies) are sometimes referred to as deep tech; the term may also refer to disruptive technologies based on scientific discoveries in several branches. High-tech, as opposed to high-touch, may refer to self-service experiences that do not require human interaction.

See also

* Electronics * Electronics industry * Photonics, Photonics industry * Nuclear technology * Quantum technology * Intermediate technology – sometimes used to mean technology between low and high technology * Industrial design * List of emerging technologies * Semiconductor industry * Big Tech *Innovation


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