How technology has improved our lives, #2,427

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3 thoughts on “How technology has improved our lives, #2,427

    Thomas Hughes said:
    April 9, 2011 at 5:03 am

    I agree with this post to a certain extent, when me and my father have had countless conversations on how lucky i am to be growing up in this generation, with toys and colour tv’s which he would never even imagined when he was a child! And they are just 2 very small examples…

    However, technology in my opinion is completely taking the fun out life…Where is the challenge to contact someone via letter anymore? I mean, i have never experienced this to begin with, so maybe my example is irrelevant, but i have had a mobile phone in my hand from the age of 10 years old, which in my opinion is wrong. I am currently writing this post sitting on a boat to Italy, using wi-fi in the middle of the ocean! That is just crazy.

    Just a few days ago, i witnessed a homeless boy in Greece maybe around the age of 6 walking around with a cup begging people for money just to survive..Whilst at home i have a big family, all eating a feast around the dinner table, whilst pulling out their mobile phones. So maybe i have slightly changed the subject into the inequality of life, however, in my opinion i still think it all ties in.

    I recently read an article in an English newspaper, with the heading..”Facebook has ruined my life”. Now unfortunately i am a big fan of facebook being 18 years old so i am just contradicting myself, but that’s why this topic is great to discuss.

    On the whole, i honestly don’t think i could live without the current standard of technology in my life, but that is only because i can use things in “moderation”. In England there are some crazy drivers on the road that can not be bothered to pull over and have a conversation on their phone, instead they continue to drive and that is one of the main causes of death. Now i’m sure that is the case in most countries, but i’m just talking from past experiences…

      rationalbrain said:
      April 9, 2011 at 8:38 am

      Thanks for the comment Thomas.
      I take your point. However, you should see technology more broadly than just tools for managing social media. Just think about medical technology – bionic ears, medical instruments and so forth.
      On the other hand, technology has given us more challenges – the current nuclear plant in Japan for instance.
      The cartoon was a little tongue in cheek; though I’m an engineer and get excited by human achievements, I do acknowledge that there is always a flip side to every invention. Developing arrows and tools, also means we developed weapons with which to slaughter each other.
      Ultimately, IMHO there is no way to stop the development of technology, humans being what they are, so let’s do it well. But at the same time, we need to develop the appropriate ethics to use the technology to the benefit of man, and not to its detriment.

    Thomas Hughes said:
    April 10, 2011 at 4:17 am

    Wow, i had never actually thought of that side of technology to be fair, of course the medical aspects of technology are simply genius and can only do good in the world. I suppose i was kind of being narrow minded just thinking of the immediate technology that we see in day to day life, and how as you said, unfortunately in some cases mans’ ethics are all wrong for the use of this equipment. But yeah i pretty much agree with you, technology is awesome, i just wanted to turn the coin slightly and point out some downsides.

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