|“||I am mankind's greatest achievement. I am the compass rose. I am fucking binary. Without me, shit don't spin.||”|
Technical Boy is one of the New Gods and, as a personification of the Internet, he is a purveyor of all things related to technology. Desperate to prove himself, and hungry for respect and power, he struggles to keep his impulsivity and petulance in check, making him dangerously unpredictable.
Significance in series
Bruce Langley does not consider the Technical Boy as a villainous character. As a reflection of society, he has a "brand of millenials" in its most "vicous aspects": he is entitled, obnoxious, arrogant. But like a coin he has two sides, because he also represents all the potential of technology and all the changes it brings to society, from the evolution of medicine to carrying all human knowledge in your pocket. Technical Boy does not care what people think, because he can think faster than them, and while it does not make him an "asshole" it rather makes him "his own creature". 
In several interviews, Bruce Langley explained that Technical Boy has a partially artificial mind, and an artificial way of thinking, forcing him to slow down his own brain to interact with human beings (something that is not an easy feat for the god). While very clever and with a mind more advanced than everyone else, he is also a very young god who hasn't developped any conscience or any "human connection". This lack of insight makes him unable to understand things such as the survival of the Old Gods today, and his youth among the New Gods adds an "extra struggle" to his interaction with them. As a result, in his quest to assert himself over both the Old and New Gods he decided to chose recognition over respect, since none of his "teammate" give him any credit for what he does. 
Bruce Langley also considers Technical Boy to be an extremely lonely being, and constantly in pain. While a part of his mind is artificial, another is emotional, a "distilled humanity" born from a "condensation of human belief", and this other part has to cope with his needs to be constantly worshipped (separating him from other beings) and his need to constantly achieve, adapt and upgrade (out of fear of obsolence or stagnation, which is death for a New God). Bruce Langley concluded that Technical Boy was the "manifestation of a consciousness in pain".   Unable to be satisfied by anything, since he is linked to a technology eternally upgrading and updating, forcing him to always "chase the next thing" to be relevant, Technical Boy suffers from a "trauma" that is an emotional translation of how an artificial mind constantly needs to incorporate new calculations and algorithms. The only times we see Technical Boy exhale, both physically and emotionally, is after he took "a big hit of synthetic toad skin": since he is always ready to adapt and react, he can only "breathe out" with the help of some kind of drug or chemical engagement. 
Bruce Langley explained that the Technical Boy seen in season three is not exactly the same as seen in the previous season: while his upgrade into Quantum Boy failed, what he returned to was described as something "between" Technical Boy and Quantum Boy, some of the upgrade getting "stuck" in the god. 
Technical Boy's look is "more punk than god" and changes with every appearance.
After having some of his teeth knocked down by Media, Technical Boy wears grills - as Bryan Fuller mentionned, he "changes grills as much as he changes hair styles" . Bryan Fuller also revealed that the grill Technical Boy wears at Easter party in Come to Jesus were inspired by Fabergé eggs. 
Powers and abilities
Technical Boy is the god and embodiment of technology. As a result, he can influence, manipulate and control technology, electronics and the Internet (though he cannot control the content of the Internet). He can create applications and websites but cannot spread information or rewrite what the Internet contains, a power that belongs to New Media. Similarly to Media, he can offer deals to the Old Gods, gifting them with new platforms for their worship: to Bilquis he offered the dating website/application Sheba, and to Argus he offered a system of mass surveillance through cameras and drones. The limits of the Technical Boy's powers are greatly discussed in the show, since several deities are co-dependant to him. While Media shows herself superior in power to Technical Boy in season one, by season two Technical Boy reaffirms his power over her, mentionning that she could not exist without the technology he represents. Technical Boy and New Media's relationship is filled with the tension due to how "redundant" and parasitic they are to each other, both representing the Internet but one as a platform (technology) and the other as content (social media). In a similar way, despite Technical Boy offering him the technology needed to evolve into the god of mass surveillance, Argus only wants to obey to Mr. World (being a god of the "system" and conspiracy theories Argus is part of).
Technical Boy shows several other supernatural abilities. After having his teeth knocked out by Media in season one, and wearing jewelled grids to replace them during the rest of the season, by season two his teeth grew back.
Bruce Langley explained that Technical Boy has a partially artificial mind, an artificial intelligence faster than any computer in the world and thus allowing him to process information quickly and deducing fast statistics and logics. 
The Technical Boy is actually one incarnation of an older and larger deity, a New God of technology. Technical Boy is the incarnation of this god for the early 21st century, however he had several previous incarnations and has shown the ability to upgrade into new entities (see Technical Boy/Incarnations). However, contrary to Media who willingly upgraded herself into New Media and thus had her next incarnation keep memories of the previous one, it seems the Technical Boy's upgrades are unwanted and caused by his own nature as a New God, resulting in each incarnation being unaware or lacking the memories of the previous one, acting more like a replacement than a metamorphosis. It has also been shown that Technical Boy's upgrades can be "forced" on the god by external manipulation: Mr. World, with the help of the CEO, tried to upgrade Technical Boy into Quantum Boy. However this forced upgrade was a failure, since the god returned to his Technical Boy incarnation by season three.
Technical Boy is just one incarnation of a wider and older technological deity, which has taken numerous shapes and forms throughout the United-States history.
To know more about them, see: Technical Boy/Incarnations.
Interviewed about season 2, Bruce Langley described the "power play" between the two deities as related to their mental abilities: Technical Boy is an extremely fast and intelligent thinker, thanks to his artificial mind, and thus as he listens Mr. World speaks he runs other paradigms and possibilities in his consciousness, ending up processing information faster than Mr. World himself. However, Mr. World is more knowledgeable than Technical Boy, and as a result Technical Boy has a hard time understanding the things Mr. World does. 
In an interview given for season three, Bruce Langley confirmed that Technical Boy perceived Mr. World as both his boss and a surrogate parent figure he needed to get the approval of.  He also explained that Technical Boy is deeply frustrated with Mr. World's behavior towards the Old Gods, unable to understand why he would give them so much respect and act in such an honorable way when he could just kill them on the spot - though Technical Boy is noted to not know everything about the Old Gods and their powers. 
Bruce Langley described in an interview the relationship between Technical Boy and New Media as a "symbiosis": New Media could not exist without Technical Boy, but without New Media a good part of Technical Boy's worship would be missing. However Technical Boy is more than a necessity for New Media than New Media is for Technical Boy, and she can only possibly supplant him by fusing with another deity (something she attempted with Argus). However New Media is also the closest thing Technical Boy could have for a "friend". 
Bruce Langley explained in an interview that Technical Boy has power and domination over Argus, since his powers are rooted in technology - however Technical Boy also needs to be careful, because if he is not the cutting edge anymore an "old" deity" such as Argus could easily overtake him. 
Bruce Langley described Mr. Xie as the closest thing Technical Boy could have of a "fraternal" relationship since they "grew up" together from childhood (even though human and god lifespans are very different). Technical Boy was the muse and inspiration of Mr. Xie, and in return Mr. Xie shaped how Technical Boy is today. The actor described them as "always there for one another, come hell or high water, they're the people who come back to one another". 
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Notes and trivia
- Technical Boy is considered to be one of the most changed character from the novel to the series, as the Internet has evolved significantly since the novel was written in 2001.
- Bruce Langley made a deliberate choice to not read the novel as he went auditioning for the role of Technical Boy, since he felt the character had changed very much and he wanted to base his own interpretation exclusively on the scripts. Neil Gaiman approved of this decision. 
- The television series establishes that the Technical Boy is the god of all technology. He is actually a synthetization of the "techies", a group of technology gods in the novel of which the technical boy was but a representative.
- When asked about the voice of Technical Boy, Bruce Langley explained that the particular tone he uses comes from the Technical Boy's physical attitude: Bruce Langley deliberately plays Technical Boy a bit "hunched", with a lot of tension in his chest, shoulders and neck, resulting in the particular tone of voice used. Bruce Langley intended this to reflect the tension in Technical Boy's character and how he never relaxes.