Modern Technology: a Friend or a Foe?

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Modern Technology: A friend or a foe?
Paolo A. Pantaleon 2-7

“We're changing the world with technology” (Gates).
In this modern world, many people can’t survive without the aid of modern technology. Do you remember when people used to send messages through the use of the “pony express”? Or when people used to get up from their couch to change the channel of the television? I can’t imagine how people could live without modern technologies such as cell phones, internet, and many more. Technology today has made life easier and quicker but dangerous. As we look at technologies, questions are raised. By the way what are technologies? Modern technology is machinery that makes life easier. For example, microwave ovens cook food easily
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“Technology is destructive only in the hands of people who do not realize that they are one and the same process as the universe” (Watts). First is the development of weapons for mass destruction. Weaponry is one of the inseparable issues of the new technologies. Hence the main problem is the proper use of this knowledge. Nevertheless, weapon engineering propels and provides a huge advance. They seem to never get contented to present weapons. They keep researching and researching to develop a more powerful weapon bent to destroy each other. Also, the industry despite highly developed machinery pollutes the globe. This contributes largely to global warming. High CO2 emissions from factories, cars and others source of gases that heat up our world. Not just harmful gases, but also waste products from factories, power plants and more add pollution to our waters. As technology grows, the waste increases. Many lands that should be places where people build homes turned into landfills that give of horrible gases to our atmosphere. In addition, the plastic we developed is one of the leading causes that blocks our drainage systems that results to flooding. A further disadvantage is when medical science rose, as do other deadly viruses. These viruses developed when scientist and medical professionals find ways to cure other viruses. Technology also creates financial problems in families because most technologies are very expensive to buy like the computers,

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