Almost all young drummers attempt to see how fast they can play at some point. This is a natural stage of development. It is sort of like flexing your muscles just to see how strong you are.
Technique is needed to play any instrument well, but technique means more than just speed. It also means control, touch, accuracy, and consistency. In addition, it includes producing a musical sound from the instrument. Such factors as coordination, endurance, and power should also be considered a part of technique. To me, technique means skill.
To play the drumset well in contemporary music does require good technique. The problem is not really with learning technique or attempting to learn to play faster. The problem is with the side effects of ineffective practice methods. Here are some tips on developing speed naturally.