Technology And Society : Technology

888 WordsJul 17, 20164 Pages
Technology and Society Technology has played an integral part in shaping society in many different ways. Throughout history, technological inventions have changed everything from the way humans are clothed and fed to the very ways we communicate and interact as a species. Examining the effects technology has on society illustrate both how technology shapes culture and society and how society can affect future technology. This can be seen by examining a few of the major technological innovations in human history followed by a look at a new technology and how it may shape future society. The Microwave One of the most life changing technological innovations is the microwave oven. Invented by accident in 1946 by Dr. Percy LeBaron Spencer, the microwave oven was originally received poorly like many other new forms of technology. Fears that the microwave radiation would escape during use, or that it would ruin the art of cooking were some of the worries that many people had when this technology was released (Gallawa, 2007). Through years of refinement however, the microwave oven has become commonplace in kitchens across the globe. While fears of people giving up traditional cooking methods proved to be unfounded, microwaves have proven to be a valuable tool used by everyone from young kids to master chefs. In addition, an entire new food service industry was created based on the ability to quickly prepare food. Frozen foods and microwave popcorn are just a couple of the items we
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