Essay about Technology is a Benefit to Our Society

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Technology is a Benefit to Our Society

Over the last century, our world has evolved so much, because of the growth of the technological field. Although we spend a lot of money in order to gain new information, the reward goes far beyond the cost of money. In this case, the reward is the ability to save the lives of millions of people. In his essay, “The Technology of Medicine,” Lewis Thomas describes the three levels of technology; Nontechnology, Halfway Technology, and Effective Technology (582-583). “Nontechnology” has become the therapeutic part of technology, which helps patients through the emotional and mental effects that a disease can have on them. “Halfway Technology” is the name given to procedures, such as transplants,
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Without technology, humans could not possibly know as much as we do about terrifying diseases such as AIDS and Cancer. Although we have not yet invented a cure for neither disease, we have developed many drugs and other sources of treatment that could help delay death for a patient. In the case of Cancer, many people have even been able to overcome the disease through treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation. Stephen Jay Gould, focuses on one of these terrifying diseases in his essay, “The Terrifying Normalcy of AIDS.” Gould states that “John Platt recognized that the limited data on the origin of AIDS and its spread in America suggested a more frightening prospect: we are all susceptible to AIDS” (594); but by using technology along with our God-given knowledge, we will hopefully be able to find a cure to this destructive disease.

Technology has also provided families with the gift of life. Everyday, many children are born prematurely and need to be set on breathing tubes, which give the children another way of breathing before they are able to do it on their own. If not for this invention, many couples would not get the chance to experience the feeling of having their very own child. We would not have any way of providing the resources that would allow these children to survive, if it were not for technology.

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