This is not the technological age. We may be seduced into believing this by the tiny devices that increasingly rule our lives, and the rooms of books, records, photo albums and letters that have vanished into electronically accessed clouds in the ephemeral realms of cyberspace.
Even the names that dominate our days--Google, Yahoo, Apple, Twitter, Facebook, Amazon--suggest the whimsical worlds of make believe. But this insubstantial pageant masks the hard and increasingly terrible truth: we still live in the Industrial Age.
There is no "cloud." There are only miles of servers, requiring gross and exotic materials, vast quantities of electrical power which in turn requires vast quantities of fuels. And that's true of all other new technologies, in medicine, communication, and industry itself.
Technology is a subset of the industrial age, because without the systems of that industrial age, there would be no technological marvels in your hand.
Industrialization in those parts of the world where it did not exist means that industrialization is spreading and accelerating to far larger sizes and impact than the "Machine Age" of textbooks and museum shows. 3-D printing and the Internet of Things do little if anything to change this fact.
The Industrial Age is vast and insatiable. Capitalism's addiction to relentless growth insists on this. It is also increasingly fragile. Fossil fuels are harder to find and extract, requiring more complex machinery and greater damage to the natural world, both in remote and biological sensitive locations, and dangerously near human communities. The metals and minerals that computers need are especially vulnerable, as some vital ones come from few countries, which may be in strife or controlled by criminals.
Industrial farming is depleting soil that only thousands of years could nourish. Industrial logging continues to destroy all that supports the life of forests, streams, wildlife and ultimately people.
Transportation is perhaps the defining industry of our age, so comparatively cheap that much of our material goods come from afar, including our food. Transport that uses fuels, power and packing materials in massive quantities.