Pros and cons of technology

Jessica Schirtzinger, Staff Writer
October 19, 2012
Filed under News

The pros and cons of the impacts of technological advances are heavily debated, especially during election season.
The technological capacity of our generation has exceeded and continues to surpass all previous generations combined, providing today’s students and prospective employees with competitive advantages rarely held by individuals prior to recent advancements. For example, the widespread utilization of the internet provides immediate access to information and communication simultaneously.
Technology provides a variety of employment options, inspired by the success of cultural icons such as Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates.
The impacts of satisfying society’s craving for faster, smaller, more gratifying and efficient technology have created numerous ethical dilemmas in an already polarized climate.
Consider military weapons advancements such as the nuclear bomb and the ability to remotely perform a complex surgical procedure; the world possesses the ability to improve or destroy itself in a moment’s notice.
The disparity between the haves and the have-nots has become more apparent as technology advances; there is unparalleled potential to improve or exploit underprivileged individuals with the use of technology.
Technology has also enabled the business sector to overcome cultural, language, and geographical barriers, creating a globalized economy.
Critics of advances highlight the unknown consequences of technology, including a lazier population, ambiguous legal implications, dependence on technology, human isolation, widening the gap between economic classes, the evolution of crime, and vulnerability to hacking and privacy invasion.
On the other side, technology has increased efficiency. Devices have become more portable. Businesses have developed computer-based central information systems and implemented organized streamlined processes to make logistics more organized. Green energy solutions are feasible. Medical breakthroughs have increased life expectancy, provided cures and improved preventive care.
Our day-to-day lives are made easier by having instantaneous access to information through compatible user interfaces. Regardless of pros and cons, people continue to adapt as technology continues to advance.

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