Owe to the development of technology, the quality of our lives has increased in a great extent. Our daily lives are now more and more convenient and pleasant since most of the tasks can be done more efficiently with the help of technologies like smartphones and the Internet; furthermore, some difficult tasks can even be done completely by robots. However, various social issues appear inevitably along the advancement of the civilization. People started to wonder whether they rely on technology way too excessively as an outcome when they realized one may feel lost and disconnected without technologies like the Internet and cellphones. It has become an universal debate: Is the technology transforming our civilization into Utopia?
Every day the story is the same; people live fast, running blind with their life a blurb in the background. Society makes us hectic. People put blinders on and only see what lies straight ahead, what screams for attention. Ray Bradbury emphasizes this problem in his novel. Taking place in a future society, Fahrenheit 451 makes a point of expanding upon the speed at which people live and proving it to be absurd.
“Harrison Bergeron” written by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. is the story that predicts the future. The story describes the American society in 2081 AD. According to the story, in the future, all people are compelled to follow the rules and laws blindly and were not allowed to think critically or reasoning. In the name of equality, people’s talents and potentials are suppressed. They were like the robots that only follow the protocol and depend totally on the technology.
Alvin Toffler once stated, “Our technological powers increase, but the side effects and potential hazards also escalate.” In The Pedestrian, a short story by Ray Bradbury, Leonard Meade’s society was negatively impacted by the side effects of technology, just as Alvin Toffler indicated society would be. Technology is an element that has transformed society and individuality. In The Pedestrian, individualism has been influenced and society has been replaced by technology. As Alvin Toffler indicated, technology has side effects, and in the story, technology leads to the end of valued individualism.
Our society is changing every day. Think back fifty years ago. Our parents and grandparents had to communicate are such different ways than we do today. They also got their information in a more simple, direct manner. Our generation expects to get the news that is important to them through apps like Twitter and Facebook rather than the morning news.
“I fear the day that technology will surpass our human interaction. The world will have a generation of idiots.”, claims Albert Einstein. In the book The Pedestrian, Ray Bradbury gives an insight of what happens if technology gets too advanced. The main character Leonard Mead goes out for a walk and is considered crazy. Being called crazy for going for a walk is a perfect example of what Albert Einstein is trying to explain in his quote.
The True Environment of Technology In todays world the environment has changed, both the physical environment where people live and the environment where people learn. Technology causes people to forget about life outside themselves and confines them to passive activities indoors. This theme comes up in the movie WALL-E when the human race is forced to space because of pollution. In Fahrenheit 451, people spend their days in “parlor rooms” with television screens on all four walls.
Technology has advanced a lot over the past decade, especially technological devices like phones and Television. Television was invented in the 1927 and not until 1972 was there color. As a kid technology wasn 't really my thing we used to go camping alot so as a kid I used to spend a lot of time outdoors doing other things living more of a colorful life you could say, however over the years I have noticed that I have become addicted to technological devices especially television like a person who 's addicted to some drugs. I have become so addicted that when I have tried to watch less television I have failed miserably always saying to myself one more episode, just one more. But that 's the thing it 's never one more sometimes I spend hours
The world is at a risk of someone taking technology too far. When someone thinks that they are giving humans more ways to retain information, they give our technology more ways to cause destruction. Smartphones have become monstrous by tricking humans into forming a habit in which they fall addicted to their phone. This addiction could be from entertainment or even not feeling lonely. Frankenstein 's creation foreshadows what is to come in the future which is technology gone wrong.
The world depends on technology. More than fifty percent of the population uses technology, that is over 3.5 billion people! But does technology really help the society? Has it improved our lives or does not improve our lives? Electronic devices and online access does not improve our lives.