What is technology when viewed from the paradigm of true value? Technologies are resources that have been modified to increase their true value. This is just another way of saying technologies are resources that have been changed in some way so that they can reduce the time and energy needed to complete tasks.
A road, for example, is a technology because it is a modification of the land itself, of the resources of gravel and asphalt, in order to make the task of transportation easier. A Hammer is a modification of the physical resources of steel and wood to make the task of pounding in nails easier. A chair is a modification of resources of wood, or stone, or metal and fabric, in order to make the act of sitting easier and more comfortable. Notice that every technology is defined by the task that it assists, not by its specific resources. A chair is a chair all the same whether it is metal or wood or glass. The important aspect is that is assists in sitting, not what it is made of. A chair is a sitting-technology. A technology is more than just physical resources, however.
Along with the physical resources, the steel, plastic, wood that has been modified, every piece of technology requires a set of information. Information on how exactly to produce the technology, and how to use the technology. This information is actually more important than the physical technologies themselves, because the information is what allows more technology to be produced and used. Information about how to make and use bows and arrows, for example, is more valuable to a society than having an actual bow and arrow. Give a man a fish, he eats for a day, teach a man to fish, he eats for life. It is really the information that really matters.
Imagine a primitive tribe that only uses spears to hunt. It takes 20 hunters from this tribe to kill on average 2 pigs every day. Using the technology of spears, the resource of 1 pig costs the tribe the time resource of 10 man-days. One day, a lost hunter from a far away tribe stumbles into the village of the spear tribe carrying a new kind of technology, a bow and arrow. He is able to teach the spear tribe how to take the abundant local resource of wood, rock, and the resource of animal sinew to produce this new technology, the bow and arrow. This technology uses a curved piece of wood tied back with animal sinew to fire a straight piece of wood tipped with sharp rock as a deadly projectile. This technology can be thought of as the resources of wood, of animal, of stone modified into a device that allows hunting from long distances. It is a technology, because it is a modification of resources to increase their true value, through their ability to increase effectiveness at the task of hunting.
A piece of oak, a line of sinew, a shard of flint separately have low true value. In other words, these resources in their original form can't be used to do much of anything. When these resources are modified into a bow and arrow, however, they have very high true value, allowing more effective hunting. True value is actually created this way, when resources are modified in a way that makes those same resources more objectively useful than they were before. The process of creating technology is a process that adds true value to the world. Additionally, the process of teaching others how to both make and use a technology adds true value to the world, by giving objectively useful information to more people.
The spear tribe, after receiving the information about how to both make and use bows and arrows from the lost hunter, are able to then make their own bows with local resources, and are able use them to hunt pigs. With the new technology of the bow and arrow, it now takes only 6 hunters to bring down 2 pigs in a day. The tribe using the technology of bow and arrow now has to spend only 3 man-days per pig. The bow and arrow therefore saves the tribe 7 man-days per pig over the spear. This savings in time is more than enough to allow the tribe to produce many bows and arrows, as well as educate more men on how to use them. More pigs are able to be killed, and the society has more total resources, is more successful and thrives for generations.
This is an example of true value being added to a society. When this happens, by definition, the members of a society become more effective. In this case they are able to collect the same amount of resources with less time and effort. Before the bow and arrow, one pig cost the tribe 10 man-days of time and effort. After the bow and arrow, one pig cost the tribe 3 man-days. The tribe became more effective, because the bow and arrow has more true value for hunting pigs than the spear.
What is crucial to recognize is that really, what the lost hunter with the bow and arrow gave the tribe was information. Information about how to modify resources into a new technology, and how to use it. This technology increased the effectiveness of the tribe, allowing it to collect more food with less time and energy. Because the information associated with technology has ability to increase effectiveness, it is a kind of truth. Truth being defined as information with value, or ability to increase effectiveness. Every technology on earth that actually works, that actually functions to help perform a task, represents a truth. It works because the information describing how to build and use it is true. Technology, in this way, is actually a kind of physical manifestation of truth.
The truth of the bow and arrow is the information required to effectively build and use the weapon. This truth allows a society to create and use a technology that can reduce the time and effort needed to acquire food. For a tribe like this, being able to find food more easily could easily be the difference between survival and starvation during lean times. Truth can be incredibly valuable, easily the difference between life and death, success and failure, famine and plenty.
This small example should, I hope, begin to illustrate the intimate relationship between resources, true value, technology, and truth. Truth can allow human beings to modify resources to increase their true value, creating technologies. This process increases the true value available, and therefore effectiveness of a society, allowing tasks to be completed with less time and effort. The process of developing new technologies is a truth finding process, which results ultimately in a more effective society that is often more successful. Therefore truth has incredible value to any society.