4 Tips For Creating A Research Paper Introduction About Technology

Technology is over-present in our modern lives. There is very little in our daily experience, the trajectory of our lives, the tenor of our relationships, or the collective experience that is not a few short steps away from it. For all that it is indubitably important in our lives, and everywhere, not everyone understands it… either its mechanics, or its implications. It’s also a feature of good communication about technology that for all its import, its discussion should be objective and cool, generally, rather than subjective or impassioned. These curious features about the subject make it critical to consider carefully how to write an introduction to any research works about it. Here are four tips to keep your introductions on point without losing impact.

  • Categorise and Contextualise the Technology
  • Technology is an extremely broad subject. Start by orienting your reader across the landscape by indicating where the technological focus of your paper lies. Give a clear indication of the category of the technology—is it a machine, software, a process, or a technique? Indicate the broad context in which it applies. For example, you may indicate that your paper explores improved processes for calculating elliptical curves as applied to cryptographic applications.

  • Describe the Key Mechanism
  • Have oriented the reader more broadly, your introduction should then focus in on the very particular aspects that you will discuss. The easiest way to do this is to succinctly describe the key mechanism. Following the example above, it may be something like “this paper explores optimisations to prime number generation that take advantage of modern graphical processor units”.

  • Quantify the Impact
  • Having placed the technology in context, and described the key evolution that is your focus, give key measures of the impact of your study. These should be objective, and relevant. To continue our example, it would be salient to report “applying these techniques to hardware commonly available on modern mobile phones, a 40% reduction in calculation times was achieved”.

  • Demonstrate the Implications
  • Finally, highlight the real-world implications of the research. Of course, there may be myriad ways in which your research will be useful and valuable, but there will be particular uses and outcomes that you’ve had in mind when undertaking the research. These should be relevant to people in terms of benefits such as increased profits, reduced costs, better performance, better longevity, and so on. To wrap up with our example introduction: “For real-time encrypted chat applications, these savings can be expected to translate into significantly lower power consumption and extended battery lifetimes for users”.

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