On this date, we live in a tech World. A world that runs on technology in every aspect. It is as old as people are. One way or the other, every organism in the world is affected by technology. The recent development has geared up the speed of technical tools compressing the world into a small capsule. From the start of scientific discoveries till today, the world has changed. Watching and reaching the other side of the globe is at our fingertips. The inertia of technology is pushing the envelope forward. We say it’s something new and that something hasn’t been tried. But as a dish may be made sweet or sour, so is the impact of technology which is positive and negative. As said, every aspect of life is tech-touched, but here we are to peep into a few.
Digital Technology has widened the scope of the word media. Today, it doesn’t mean a news platform, but any company that helps pass information across the globe through social media platforms like WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, etc. About half of the world’s population using smartphones shares a phenomenal amount of information through social media networks. It is a big statement that connects people globally. This social networking has been possible just because of the internet, which has provided humans with an unlimited amount of information across the planet. It has offered us the fastest communication mode.
One can see a white picture if the background is black. The same is the scene with this aspect of technology. The dark background hides the identity of a person online, misleading others sitting in front of a computer. Family members in a house living together have disconnected personally and connected socially but on social media. Children prefer entertaining themselves online rather than going to parks which makes them sluggish and less creative. Also, there is no check on the authenticity of the limitless information. That creates chaotic and confusing conditions misleading the users. Pornography and unethical content are easily accessible for spoiling the teens in every part of the world.
Seeing doctors and physicians using technology, one becomes speechless. A doctor sitting thousands of miles away controls robotic arms to perform a surgery. Isn’t it amazing? He can help the resident with complicated procedures virtually. To see the latest discovery in a groundbreaking surgery in any part of the world internet takes the responsibility to accomplish the task. Another example is the discovery of vaccines in a short span for the ongoing pandemic-causing virus the corona. Booking an appointment with a doctor and consultation from any country is just a click of a button away. The aging population has been blessed with various medical and technical tools to make life easier. It has become feasible to take care of the old ones although one stays away from them working at any other place.
No doubt technology has revolutionized the world in medicine also. But it has also generated diseases, and problems like diabetes, mental disorders, stress, obesity, depression in young and old. The virtual study of surgery is insufficient to build confidence in an upcoming doctor to hold a scalpel in his hand and dissect a human being on an operation table. The scholar needs to experiment with the research done in the lab on a computer before launching a vaccine in the market that needs practical handling. A developed country of the world can invent the cure of disease through technology, but if it does not make it affordable for an underdeveloped country, then it is a pity.
All the people on earth try to find their comfort zone for living. It is essential also. To fulfill our needs, we use technology. Just look around and see sitting in a room which cools in summer and gets warmed up in winter, the word behind it is AC. Storing the food and getting the cool water and ice cream refrigerator is the one to do the job. Cleaning clothes and utensils and cooking appliances, running cars, flying airplanes, dashing jets, propelling rockets, and so forth are the gifts of technology.
And along with this yet other gifts it has given are pollution, climatic disasters, skin and allergic problems, and many more. This is because of the emission of harmful gases by various devices being used by man on the earth. More and more resources are being used that have disturbed the ecological balance of the planet to fulfill the excessive needs of humans. Global warming is the alarm for people to rethink and redo technical discoveries.
Industry and infrastructure
In the industrial sector, a new world has emerged when customers are buying product uptime. Routine jobs are automated to achieve this. The use of AI, Cloud Computing, machine learning, and intelligence tool now manage a more effective business. Technology has also flipped the development of infrastructure from slow and unstable to fast and steady. Dams, roads, flyovers, metro stations, and underpasses are examples of growing technology. Seeing the other side, we find that, no doubt, technology has proved to be a boon for Mankind, but it is also a cause of unemployment.
In the name of automation, robots are taking over human jobs. The driverless car is an add-on to this problem. Degree holders can be seen working as drivers for cabs. The technology used for mapping employee performance and productivity is causing immense pressure on employees resulting in dissatisfaction and critical illness. The discharge of industrial waste into the environment diminishes the quality of soil, air, and water. The industrial advancement in terms of technology is confined and controlled by few countries resulting in widening the gap between the developed and developing countries and thus unbalancing the global economy.
The run of technology is unpredictable, and it will never stop. It has turned out to be advantageous for the overall development, but too much use of anything is not good. Climbing on the stair of technology we have risen high, very high up to space leaving behind the fulfillment of the primary needs of a large part of the global population. If technology has changed the world, then why has it left this problem unsolved? It has become an evil necessity for some who have become dangerous Masters. Technology is a faithful servant that should be used with caution and care to make this world a better place to live.