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Let's start by defining technology: "The use of our knowledge, tools, and skills to solve practical problems and extend human capabilities". Technology can be seen as early as the dawn of man. By simply making use of the objects around him---sticks, rocks, the like---man was able to overcome his physical limitations...able to hunt and kill animals much more physically adept...
Technology...to put it simply we were able to take on actions that would otherwise takes thousands of years of evolution to accomplish. But is this a good thing? The more technology advances the less demand there is on the human body. And thus...could it be possible that the human race is now devolving? We've developed so many machines that do so much for us. Many people have gotten to the point where if they can't find the remote they won't even bother getting up to change the channel on the television! Worse yet technology is being innovated on a daily basis now. In a matter of years we've gone from walking miles upon miles to arrive at a destination to driving one mile to pick up bread and milk. So you can only imagine the world 100 years from now. Or even 10. We'll be so technologically dependant we won't even be able to make the technology anymore (the irony is killing me :P). So what then? We build robots to do our bidding before this time comes? And why? Just to allow ourselves to dwindle further into nothingness? And even without these robots we'd just be forced to work harder for a few years only to have the cycle repeat itself. Let's face it people. If we don't do something soon it'll be over for us. Evolution doesn't seem to be a factor anymore.
Now let's revisit the definition: "The use of our knowledge, tools, and skills to solve practical problems and extend human capabilities".
Are we really extending human capabilities? Sure we can go farther faster, we can lift thousands of pounds with the movement of a few levers, we can prepare a meal in a matter of minutes...but as these so called "extensions" advance, our natural ones deplete. Hence my note of devolution.
Technology needs to be controlled. And to do that we need to develope a balance.
There are movies that express the same thing as this. The Matrix Series, iRobot, etc. Technology IS over running us. But we havn't perfected technology yet. For example, we havn't created machines to hand make everything we use. If you see something near you, chances are it says "Made in Taiwan" or "Made in China", etc. We still have people making the things, but they're mainly "Third-world countries", while we're the "First-world". But is the first-world so much greater that we make the third-world do the work?
Sure, we have the power and weaponry, and some awesome technology, but why make them do the work then? hmm?
True that Technology has made some advances. I dont think we need to get a control on it yet. We should just keep an eye on what we do. like chris says why make machines to do our work? If we do that, then that would be the working man or women out of work and then technology would "take" over. I think if we dont creat certain things and watch what we do then everything should be well balance.
Well I don't know about you but I'm not going to be the one step down and stop using my car, computer, fridge, and other technology.
Yeah its a good thing. It's just that we humans are so lazy we just waste all our free time given to us by technology.
And you are being very general. There are still millions of very smart hard working people out there. The world isn't a bunch of zombies yet.
Robots would be a good thing as well. If we can advance them enough humans will never have to work again. The robots can make our food, deliver it, build and maintain each other.... now that would be awesome! More time to watch T.V and be depressed!
Keep your money and listen to my comment since this was just bumped.
I'm gonna go ahead and skip the main message of the article and criticize something else. Devolving? Impossible. Literally. You cannot devolve as if there's some goal or endpoint. Evolution is constant forward progress. Yes, physically we may be depriving ourselves because of technology, but we're mentally stronger than ever, and it was our mental prowess that allowed us to survive when we otherwise wouldn't have. I'm not saying we aren't becoming "worse", but we can't devolve. Just because our natural abilities are "depleting" doesn't mean we're "devolving", because they're only "depleting" because it's no longer necessary. Just like some animals became smaller or have vestigial limbs. It's not because they "devolved". It's because they found more use for certain things over others and some things just weren't necessary anymore based on the world we live in now.
Kind of a petty request, I guess. So could I just get a "The author of this article no longer endorses its content?" Right above where the article begins, so people like Luci don't think i'm still a nutter? =p