How Technology Improves Our Lives

Many people do not realize just how much technology that they use each and every day. We are a world that is literally run off of the technology that we have created over the past 100 years. As the years have gone by, technology that progressed and we have been able to live our lives a whole lot easier. Here are a few ways that you can take a look at technology and truly see how it can improve your life.

Many people look for the technology that will help make life just a little bit easier. This is the type of technology such as cell phones, vehicles, computers that we use each and every day. Most of use cannot go a day without talking or texting someone on our phones. Others need to use the computer on a daily basis in order to get work done or advance within their school field. The modern car today is not just for driving; now there are vehicles that are called “mobile devices” rather than cars. All of this type of technology combined helps to make life go by a bit faster and easier.

Once you have the entertainment technology, you need to look towards the medicinal technology. Years ago there was no treatment for some of the most basic sicknesses that we encounter today. Surgeries are done a lot more quickly with the help of technology and equipment that makes the process faster. The technology that is developed over the next few years is designed to save lives and keep the health rate up. We are finding faster ways to create treatments for new illnesses and ways to keep people alive during tough surgeries. Most people do not realize just how much technology within medicine has advanced until they actually need help.

The gaming world is something that some are incredibly familiar with. There are all sorts of gaming consoles that you can purchase and play today. Nintendo has come back with some excellent technology within the Nintendo Wii. This is an interactive gaming console that seems to truly be in a league all on its own. Of course the PS3 has been released and people were all over that technology as well. This is a niche that is made up of smaller niches. Each person uses a different piece of gaming technology and will not use anything else. Now, gaming technology is being applied to your cell phones so that you can now make calls, send texts, check emails and play some of the latest games around.

Within the next two years we are going to see a lot more advancements within the world of technology. The way that we get around through life is much different than it ever was 10 years ago. Make sure that you keep your eyes peeled for any new technology within these main technological facets. You may be surprised by what you will find in the years to come.

 

The Negative Effects of Technology on the Planet – Our Cultural Vision is Driving the Destruction

The negative effects of technology are numerous. In our march to progress we have degraded the natural world. Forests are chopped down, topsoil is washed away, rivers are polluted and our waste is dumped in the oceans.

On the surface this appears to be a relatively recent problem. If we went back 100 or 200 years it would seem that mankind treads quite lightly on the planet. On face value the culprit is industrial technology. However this is not the case. The culprit is our cultural vision; our cultural vision wields technology in a destructive fashion.

Prior to civilization all cultures on the planet saw themselves as belonging to the world; they were a part of it. These cultures had varying degrees of technology. Some were very primitive, others quite complex.

But the negative effects of technology were non existent. All technology was exercised within certain natural laws. Civilization changed this. Instead of seeing man as a part of nature people saw man as a separate and higher order of being. Thus the rest of nature merely existed as a resource for man’s benefit.

Due to this world-view civilization used their technology to subjugate nature. Indigenous societies never did this. Using technology in order to bend nature to man’s will is what creates negative effects. The negative effects of technology are not inherent in the technology itself; it is what we use it for that is the issue.

For most of civilization’s history the negative effects of technology were localized. When the Phoenicians destroyed the forests of what is now Lebanon the trauma was local. When the Greeks and Romans collapsed due to the exploitation of their land with advanced technology the effect was local.

Destruction of the natural environment has been taking place since the birth of civilization yet it is only now that we are seeing it on a global scale. Our industrial technology has progressed to the point where we can do more damage in 100 years than we could in 10,000. But again this is not a problem of the technology. It is the fact that our cultural vision sees us as separate from nature that allows us to destroy it.

Nobody knows if industrial technology is sustainable because we have never used it in a sustainable manner. But perhaps it is possible to do so.

The way our culture operates is unsustainable. If we cannot find a way to operate a complex society within natural laws then we will inevitably return to a much simpler existence. We cannot blame technology for our own shortcomings. We are holding the technology so it is up to us to use it for good and not for the destruction of the planet.