The negatives of technology… while we often examine the groundbreaking and wildly interesting advancements and developments in tech, today we will do the opposite.
Much is good about technology. Arguably great. In many ways, tech has made our lives easier. It has allowed the common man to keep up to date with what is going on in the world in real-time. Countless jobs have been created by the technological boom over the past three decades. I would venture to guess hundreds of millions.
But tech ain’t all sunshine & rainbows. Let us start with jobs:
In the above paragraph I explained how many jobs have been created thanks to tech. It would be hard to argue against this. Think of all your friends in IT, Software or Graphic Design… just to name a few popular professions that simply did not even exist a short time ago. Nerds have never been happier than they are today.
Alas… back to the topic at hand. I predict technology could actually take jobs away in the not too distant future. Think about it. We are just scratching the surface of what we are capable of technologically. It isn’t at all out of the realm of possibility that computers, by themselves, will take over previously man-powered positions.
While this could be decades a way, I don’t believe it is an outlandish prediction. We then have to ask ourselves, how the hell will our economy work if every damn situation or conflict can be resolved by a computer / robot that is much smarter than we are?
Read the below article for some wild stats on what may just come to fruition in the not too distance future:
Scary stuff to think about. I’ve always told my friends that I believe we (millennials) were born at a time in the world just before things got completely out of whack.
Think about it. Wasn’t it nice growing up as a child where smartphones didn’t exist? Where interpersonal interaction was essential? Since the release of the iPhone in 2007, the world seems to have changed. Arguably mostly for the better, but I believe somewhat for the worse as well.
I fear that as helpful as a tool as technology is, it will be taken too far.
Children today will never know a world without screens constantly in their faces. Their parents, as opposed to ours, will be well versed in all sorts of technological channels. This is all well and good… but is there a point where it will boil over and become too much?
Human interaction is important. And we must keep this in mind as tech becomes increasingly engrained in our lives.
After all, we don’t want to sacrifice our abilities to connect and interact with one another... No matter how mind-blowing our technological capabilities become.
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