Life and Technology

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Technology is very powerful and nothing is as good as technology at improving life. Even though this is good on paper and on the surface there are drawbacks to this. Technology can affect life both positively and negatively.

New technology always changes our life very much and takes it to a new level. It is like the new way of thinking or doing the normal things differently, better and much more faster with less hassle and at a much affordable rate. Imagine life before electricity, Llfe before the automobile, life before the telephone, life before the computer. Before technology, life was less complex but it was at the same time very difficult to get many things done with just the twelve hours of visible light that we are given with each day. Technology improves quality of life for human beings and as a side effect, it has negative effects on the environment.

Without technology life would be very difficult and behind. Technology has brought many great things such as the ability to have light during night by using what we call electricity. Using electricity as an example, that alone has taken life on earth for human beings to another dimension. Imagine how bad your day would be if there is no electricity just for four hours.

Electricity is the most versatile energy source on the planet, even though we’ve only depended on it for about hundred years now. It’s been only a hundred years and look how improved life is as compared to five centuries ago. So imagine if we had been depended on it from the very start, life would have been much better. People like Newton, Galelio, Maxwell, Gauss, Kepler and others would have developed far more better tools that make life better for all human beings.

Technology in the form of  computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones make it easy for human beings of today to exchange information, make faster decisions, interact socially, get entertainment, process financial transactions efficiently, buy online, manage homes and other existing technology. This has made it much more efficient to travel because cheap air tickets can be purchased at a press of a button, an Uber cab can come collect you at your own time no more waiting. There is a cheap way of connecting with friends and family through social media and now you don’t have to remember people’s birthday because social media can always remind you.

Most of computer technology today have a bad footprint on the environment because they expire after some time creating hazardous electronic waste or e-waste. Also the net energy required to create these technologies and also to transport them across the world also increases and contributes to the total pollution of the earth. What has been noticed is usually, human beings tolerate this side effect for as long as it takes until that current technology becomes irrelevant and again new technology has to be invented. And as a result, technology brings life and life is all about give and take. So, technology can improve life both positively and negatively.

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