Technology As Both Friend And Foe

While it can be argued that technology is dangerous to society, the opposite could also make a pretty strong case. With each step we take into the future of technology, we sacrifice a piece of our own humanity and face new feats which we much overcome. When we develop technology to solve a problem, another arises from that very same source. Take for example cell phones, they were invented to allow us to communicate with each other, and though they have achieved just that, they have also become overused to the point of sacrificing face to face communication. In order to make cell phones better, we create higher levels of technology ever year, resulting in thousands of pounds of old plastic in landfills and our oceans. As we create technology to solve the problem of e-waste, we release volatile chemicals into the atmosphere to recycle these products. Thus, it is a never ending process of improvement. So although technology has allowed us to accomplish great advancements, it has also created problems of its own.

Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense.
-Gertrud Stein

Technology gives us power, but it does not and cannot tell us how to use that power. Thanks to technology, we can instantly communicate across the world, but it still doesn’t help us know what to say.
-Jonathan Sacks

Our technological powers increase, but the side effects and potential hazards also escalate.
-Alvin Toffler

Technology… is a queer thing. It brings you great gifts with one hand, and it stabs you in the back with the other.
-Carrie Snow

Soon silence will have passed into legend. Man has turned his back on silence. Day after day he invents machines and devices that increase noise and distract humanity from the essence of life, contemplation, meditation.
-Jean Arp

Technological progress has merely provided us with more efficient means for going backwards.
-Aldous Huxley

If we continue to develop our technology without wisdom or prudence, our servant may prove to be our executioner.
-Omar N. Bradley

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