Technological innovations have improved the quality of life for millions of people across the globe. We all hope that technologies will improve on our quality of life and lead to a better world. However, technology also has the potential to create great harm, especially when it becomes a tool of control.
Advances in technology are never-ending. Technology itself can be seen as a constant in human history, but the way we think about the power of technology and the positive and negative impacts of technological advancements and the problems they cause are constantly changing.
Advances in technology can be portrayed as either good or bad depending on the users and the world around them. While technology can often help people, it can also always cause great harm to our world. The perception of modern technology may be the basis for much of today’s problems, but that does not mean that technological advances alone can solve our problems.
Our technological innovations were not created in a vacuum. Technology first appeared in the minds of the people, and those innovations can create great harm to us today. Take science fiction for example. In the 21st century, we have seen developments such as virtual reality, genetic engineering, nanotechnology, androids, brain emulation, and holodeck simulations.
We have yet to see these technologies used for evil, but they are already being deployed in some instances, such as free wi-fi hotspots in the developed world and in mobile telephony software that enables cell phone users to access the internet through the services of third parties. These systems are not free; they charge a fee for the privilege of making use of the internet. These innovations in technology are generally considered harmless because people are already accustomed to them.
But there are instances where these changes can create much more harm than good. The same as in science fiction, technological changes in the developing world can be perceived as bad. For example, child labor laws have been made less stringent in places such as India because of the effect of wireless technology on the manufacturing sector there. If the poor and uneducated workers can use high-tech tools to make products, then they should be paid the wages they deserve. The same goes for cell phones in rural areas of the developing world.
Technology doesn’t harm anyone who uses it. It is those who make use of it that are at risk and those who benefit from it to make the world a more dangerous place. We need to take a hard look at what kinds of benefits technology offers us and consider how it can be used to further the advancement of people rather than further the advancement of technology.
Advances in technology are good, but only if we are conscious of the ways that technology can cause harm to people or the world around us. The development of new technologies can and will benefit all of us in the long run, but we must do so with an awareness of the potential pitfalls of such advancements.