Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Four 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 unthinkable. 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. Lack of Social Interaction

 Fine by me. There are, I suppose, downsides to this. I've yet to find any, but it's what I've told. Machines are replacing genuine human interactions and I guess that's supposed to be like, a bad thing. At any rate, it's something worth mentioning on this list.

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. The Evolution of Warfare

Since the dawn of man, we have had wars. It's rooted in our nature. But in recent years, war has become increasingly dangerous to the human race through the advancement of our weapons. 2,000 years ago, humans fought with spears.Now, we can press a computer key from an underground vault and annihilate a country 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. 

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

It's only a matter of time.

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