Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Five Ways Technology Has Gone Too Far by Cole Dupuy

 Technology is everywhere, influencing the way we live and giving us conveniences that 100 years ago would have been considered science fiction. Even things we do on a daily basis, such as using smartphones, being able to witness events live from all over the world from our living rooms and even turning on a faucet are actually relatively recent advancements. Considering the way humanity lived for thousands of years, it's amazing that we live in a time of such technological developments and even more so that we take it for granted. Although technology solves a lot of issues, it raises a new set of issues. Here are five of them.

1. Chubby, snot nosed, mouth breathing children in shopping carts playing Angry Birds.

 This can be summed up in the kinder manner of: Kids are kind of morons these days. People are fascinated with the zombie apocalypse, failing to realize that it's already here. Just go to your local Walmart to see. Heck, go anywhere and you'll see people sitting around with their nose glued to a screen, neglecting to interact with people sitting right next to them. Albert Einstein once said: "I fear the day technology will surpass our human interaction. We will have a generation of idiots." Phones are a good distraction from time to time, but when you ignore the people around you in favor of your phone, it's gone too far.

2. Diseases Can Spread Faster

 This is an unintended consequence of the revolution of transportation. Right now, if I wished, I could get on a bus, go to the airport, and within hours be in a different country. With humans developing more effective means of transportation, we have bridged the gaps between any location on the planet, and this unfortunately makes it easier to spread diseases. Back in the dark ages, the plague would wipe out entire towns. As horrible as that is, with groups of humans more isolated from each other at that time, it was harder for the plague to spread on a grander scale. But now, with things like airplanes, all it takes is one person who's unaware of his illness to spread disease from America to Africa within hours. From there, a man can get infected and within hours of that spread the disease to Europe. Medicine has become more advanced, so this can be avoided, but one day we might face a disease we are not readily able to fight, and with our advanced transportation, it has the potential to spread like wildfire.

3. Human Cloning

Geneticists have recently made huge strides in human cloning. There are, I admit, apparent reasons it can be a good idea, such as the ability to remove certain traits from a given DNA code to get rid of inherent diseases. However, the level of control we have over human life is uncanny and I don't see it ending well. Scientists can, at a future parent's command, dictate what traits their child will and will not possess. If you want a child with blue eyes, they can make that happen merely by tampering with the DNA code. If you want the child to be tall, they can make that happen. Any of the traits a human being can possibly possess, scientists control now. When humans try to perfect the human race, it never ends well, and there are a series of foreseeable consequences that can potentially emerge from this newfound control.

4. The Evolution of Warfare

Since the dawn of man, man has had wars. It's in our nature. But in recent years, war has become increasingly dangerous to the human race itself through the advancement of our weapons. 2,000 years ago, humans fought by making spears from sticks and stabbing each other to death. Now, we can press a computer key from an underground vault and annihilate a city on the other side of the planet. The game has changed, and it's a threat to everyone. When technology and war meet, it doesn't end well.

5. Bloodthirsty Computers Gaining Self Awareness And Questioning Our Authority And Seeking World Domination

I think that title speaks for itself.

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