We can produce food and clothing in staggering quantities, at unbelievable rates of production, using very little labor in proportion to the output. We have greatly extended the life span of our species, and we know how to cure or eliminate the suffering of a great range of diseases. We can communicate around the globe in less time than it takes to hear the voice of someone across a room. An interesting question to consider is this: If the technology necessary to live this way really could be developed, would it result In such a society?
Starting from our present society, I would say “absolutely not. ” The technology that could easily feed the world would probably result In mass starvation. The competitive system can produce the tools we need to create a future of freedom and enlightenment, but unless the system evolves, it will work against our using those tools to the benefit of humanity. The system must evolve. We’re not spreading the benefits of advancing technology, we’re using it to exclude more and more people from the fruits of progress.
Instead of laying off the “excess” workers and increasing the stress on those left behind, consider what would happen if we simply reduced the burden on everyone. We don’t need to throw out our traditions of free enterprise and individual responsibility. We Just need to revisit our vision of progress and see where we want o go, and where we’re heading. Not all technology Is hampering the society’s progress. Technology was developed to ease man’s work and provide him with a little help .
It wasn’t Invented so that we could Just copy and paste an essay for our next paper, or download a ready made presentation from the internet or make Google do all things for us. The web is what you make of it, you can’t blame technology for ruining your work ethics. It’s you who’s become super lazy and dependent I am from a time when technology is called “progress” and it was considered heretical to doubt its benefits. We tend to forget the years before antibiotics when people died from pneumonia and infections.
We take for granted the warnings about kidney failure, liver damage and replacement therapy for intestinal flora that accompany today’s “bigger and better” medications. Technology has made our lives very easy, but it turn, has made us lazy. I believe that if we continue to make and Improve technology, there can be some really useful Inventions. However, we can make sure that the improvements don’t make us lazy, In very simple ways. We can ask ourselves, does this pen that writes down our thoughts and tells us how to spell correctly really need o be in everyone’s daily lives?