Essay on The Effect of Technology On Humanity

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Imagine a world without cell phones, personal computers, MP3 players, cars, and television. Life without those pieces of technology would be drastically different. In the past century, the world has seen an unprecedented number of technological advancements. However, these advancements are often taken for granted. Most people do not realize the complexity of the processes that occur when they use technologies like the Internet or computers. Nevertheless, are the devices that people use in their day-to-day lives essential? Is technology helping or hurting society? Overall, technology is helping society because it improves the quality of life and it provides independence for physically disabled people. Advancements in biomedical…show more content…
Once scientists discover cures for the disease that plague society, the life spans of many individuals would increase. There might be one day when all diseases could be cured by specialized medications or medical procedures. The creation of custom-tailored organs and the ongoing research of diseases will both contribute to the lengthening of human lives. People with physical disabilities are not offered the same independence as people without physical disabilities. Assistive technologies are helping wheelchair users become more independent. Eythor Bender, the CEO of Berkeley Bionics, said, “…Imagine a wearable robot that gives you superhuman abilities, or another one that takes wheelchair users up standing and walking again” (Bender). The technology to enable wheelchair users to walk is already being developed. Imagine a wheelchair user’s excitement at the thought of walking instead of being confined to a wheelchair. This same technology allows soldiers to carry far more weight than humanly possible. It is common for soldiers to carry a hundred pounds or more of gear. Wheelchair users are not the only group of people lacking independence. Blind people cannot drive as sighted people do. This does not mean that blind people are mentally incapable of driving. Researchers have already developed a car that blind people can drive. Dennis Hong, the founder and
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