Promising a Future of Doom or Life?
Modern technology will affect human life in the coming future, for better or for worse. Ray Kurzweil is a futurist; a scientist who specializes in predictions about the future, in his essay “Promise and Peril”, he proposes possible advantages and disadvantages of technological improvement in the world, and mentions greatness of technology that not only benefits human life, but also the danger of its existence. After deciding between the effects, Kurzweil takes a stance for the idea that future technology will benefit humanity. On the other hand, the environmental journalist Erica Etelson disagrees with Kurzweil’s idea. In her article “Is Modern Technology Killing US?”, she argues that most …show more content…
However, mankind should be concerned of the risks that lie beneath it. The big aspects determining the future of modern technology is whether safety and utility will be able to catch up with the improvement of technology. In the early part of his essay, Kurzweil stated that the development of technology grows exponentially instead of linearly. Exponential grow makes it seems as if the technology is improving too fast for human to handle it. Kurzweil refuses to believe so, he argues that as the technology grows exponentially, the precaution and safety regarding the technology proportionally follows its …show more content…
Kurzweil is a technology optimist and he believes that technology always benefits human life. At first it seems that Etelson agrees with Kurzweil. In her first paragraph, Etelson states that she would not be the same person without technology. If the reader stops reading at this point, they might be tricked into believing that Etelson is a pro-modern-technology. However, throughout the rest of her essay she argues that technology often diminishes, rather than enriches quality of life. She argues that many times humans devalue life-affirming activities and ways of being. As technology improves, humans learn less and less of abilities and social
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Lately, research has shown that kids these days are not that intelligent as the use of technology increased. Their reading and math skills decreased and the amount of books they would read has also decreased as well. This has brought some worry to many adults that this upcoming generation will end up being the “dumbest.” However, there are multiple factors that can cause us to seem the “dumbest generation.” In Goldberg’s article, “If Technology Is Making Us Stupid, It’s Not Technology’s Fault,” he uses pathos and logos to prove that technology itself is not the reason why our level of intelligence is decreasing; instead, technology actually can prove to be making us smarter in different ways from the past.
In the technology filled world that we live in, people have many different opinions and views on how this technology affects us whether it is positive or negative. This can be seen by comparing “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” by Nicholas Carr and “Smarter than You Think?” by Clive Thompson and their separate opinions on this technology that is affecting us. Both Carr and Thompson agree that technology is having a large impact on people but what they differ on is the type of impact, Carr saying it’s a negative impact by making us too reliant on it and Thompson saying it’s a positive one in the way that it can help us accomplish many things. How has technology changed the skills people already possess? In the essay by Carr, he talks about the typewriter, but more specifically about the writer Friedrich Nietzsche who started to lose his vision and had to master touch-typing to be able to continue writing.
The Veldt - by Ray Bradbury (-- removed HTML --) . In “The Veldt”, a man and his wife are killed by their children, via the very machines designed to increase their quality of life. What happened? As a brief discourse: in this setting, it is now possible for people to get houses that do everything for them, from cook to clean to rock you to sleep. It’s also possible to get a “nursery” room that can create an environment mirroring the thoughts of the individual within the room.
855 words Modern Technology: Promising a Future of Doom or Life? Modern technology will affect human life in the coming future, for better or for worse. Ray Kurzweil is a futurist, a scientist who specializes in predictions about the future. In his essay “Promise and Peril”, he proposes possible advantages and disadvantages of technological improvement in the world, and mentions greatness of technology that not only benefits human life, but also the dangers of its existence.
The short story “The veldt” was published in September 23, 1950 by a Ray Bradbury. Ray Bradbury was born in a town called Waukegan, located in Illinois. Ray Bradbury was born on August 22, 1920. In his story The Veldt, Ray Bradbury express how people rely on technology and get separated from human connection. Today we have similar issues but with children and how the technology affect their abilities to make human connections.
Humans like relying on other things instead of themselves. We need to appreciate what we have and learn to be content with it. Both the short story "There Will Come Soft Rains" by Ray Bradbury and the poem "There Will Come Soft Rains" by Sara Teasdale Bradbury and Teasdale both discuss how technology and nature don’t need us, but we need both of them to survive, and when we’re gone, they won’t notice. Technology is a very useful thing that we have that helps make our lives easier and better. Few people like it, though but many are getting used to it and relying on it to do way too much for them.
In Bradbury's short stories, he uses his idea of the future to inform the reader on how technology could be a bad thing. He goes into great detail on how technology can be flawed, how it can negatively affect us, and how it may be advancing too far one way and not enough in the other. With that being said, what does he think the future will be like? Well, to answer answer that question, lets take a few examples from his work.
Nothing says “human nature” like love and individuality. Part of what makes humans unique is our species’ ability to show compassion and caring for our peers and surroundings. Many people, particularly older generations, believe that the overuse of social technology has ruined the appreciation that younger generations have for the world around them. In Ray Bradbury’s stories, “The Pedestrian” and “The Veldt”, he gives examples of how technology could ruin our affiliations to what would be considered human characteristics. In “The Pedestrian”, Bradbury describes a futuristic world in which no one socializes or takes walks because they are so consumed with their televisions with the exception of one man; in “The Veldt”, parents using advanced
This, as a result, will certainly cause humanity as a whole to lose their own instinct of independency and self-control. What will be left of society will most unfortunately be unbalanced, inefficient, and appalling. As a result, society should come to the conclusion that technology isn’t disastrous itself alone, it is the connection and reliance that we have with it that makes it disastrous. Before we come face to face with terrible and unexplainable situations, it is wise for us as a society to reach a decision to overcome this dependency and be able to function properly once again to continue to live a prosperous and fulfilling
Ray Bradbury’s short story “The Veldt” teaches readers that too much technology can have a bad effect on people. In the story, the Hadley family lives in a Happylife Home which has machines that do pretty much everything for them. The machines make their meals, brush their teeth and tie their shoelaces. There is even a nursery for the children that creates any world they could imagine. In the end of the story, the nursery and the family take a turn for the worse.
Technology drives nature away, with the support of humankind demanding more and more breakthroughs and advancements. The isolation of humanity as it further itself from nature creates a longer distance that must be traveled to capture its essence. As Richard Louv argues, our changing culture is important because nature is overlooked and technology is glorified. Where the accepted synthetic nature makes “true” nature irrelevant. Where looking out the car window is going extinct only replaced by a television screen on the back of mom’s seat.
Uniqueness amongst each other makes us Human. In Closer this uniqueness is described as, “… the alien, the unknowable, the mysterious, the opaque” (Greg Egan, 1990). Technology takes that away from us by destroying the idea of the mysterious nature of our souls. It unifies us and makes us all look the same, talk the same and worse, think the same. Moreover this constant need to be the same drives us to loneliness and incompetence.
They imply that life would be hard to live with the lack of new technologies, however, it becomes ironic because life is already at risk due to technology. Making technological advances and preserving the environment and human health will not be possible because of the pollution resulting of the waste output, the depletion of natural resources and the global warming resulting of the emission of carbon dioxide. To begin with, the waste output of the new technologies pollutes the lands, the water and the air of the earth. An average computer screen contains up to 8 pounds of lead and 2 to 5 percent of the trash in American landfills belong to electronics waste.