Technology: Beneficial or Detrimental?

MaryCarr Eastman

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Technology has advanced society more than any other factor, yet throughout the use of technology, arguments have been made about whether it is more beneficial or detrimental to society. Overall, the positives of technology far outweigh the negatives.

Technology is the best form of communication for people all around the world. With new advances in technology it has become one of the main forms of connection for people both “geographically and physically” as Nick Bilton put it in The Upside to Technology? It’s Personal. For many people technology is the only way they can communicate or see the people that they know or love.

It also has become an important part of business communication and connection. For instance, many businesses use apps such as Skype to talk to other employees who are not able to be there physically. Instagram is another app that can be used for both business and personal use.

Self-driving cars are another rising advancement within technology. And while some may be against this new form of technology, arguing that it will cost many people their jobs, the growing access to these types of transportation will remove any instances of human error from the equation.

While there are errors in both human and technological labor, David Winter describes how human errors are often more costly in AI Errors vs. Human Errors.  “A common factor in both human and AI errors is that both affect humans. The degree of impact can vary. But thus far, human errors have proven far costlier and more catastrophic.”

Arun Sundararajan supports this point in Invest in Technology with Social Benefits, “When cars become autonomous, cities can be redesigned to improve the quality of urban life.”  He also believes that time previously spent on driving may be spent on more beneficial activities or hobbies.

The advancement of technology is creating more jobs that it is removing which benefits everyone. Many people fear with the advancement of technology they will lose their jobs to automatons, but in an article from the Washington Post Hamza Shaban writes that “133 million new jobs will emerge during that period, as businesses develop a new division of labor between people and machines.”

In modern life, technology connects the world to each other, making the boundaries of communication almost nonexistent. Without all the recent advancement in technology mankind would have failed to remain present in each other’s lives from around the world, and those against it need to get on board before it’s too late.