Task2 - Technology >> Effects of Technology

"Effects of Technology"

Some people fear that technology is gradually taking over control of our lives, while others think that it has led to many positive developments in all aspects of their lives.

Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.

The digital revolution began around the middle of last century with the creation of the first electronic computers and this technological advance has brought about substantial changes to the way we calculate and communicate. These advancements in technology have led to the creation of the internet, and the information revolution, which has had massive economic, technological and social consequences. It is true that these developments have had wide-ranging effects on the way we live, work, and interact with each other.

Many of these impacts have been positive. Education, for example, is in the process of undergoing a fundamental shift from the classroom to the internet. Never before has so much information been available to so many people. Technology is also assisting progress and innovation in fields as diverse as medicine, electronics, nuclear energy and agriculture. These developments have resulted in a world which is very different from that of a hundred years ago.

However, this progress through technology has come at some cost. For example, many people feel that the innovation and widespread utilization of the internet has led to a loss of privacy. The high tech digital media has produced huge quantities of data on individual users. This information is often accessed by market research companies who use it to understand more about what we buy. We are then constantly harassed with targeted advertising and marketing to manipulate our purchasing habits. It could be argued that these market researchers have no right to our personal information.

To say that technology has resulted in advantageous developments in all aspects of our lives is perhaps going too far. However, the benefits of the technological revolution cannot be denied. If we look at the big picture, the positive innovations of the technological revolution outweigh the negatives. However, the ubiquitous growth of technology and the subsequent results can have potentially dangerous consequences which we should not ignore.