Technology has enslaved us
The advent of technology positively influenced people’s lives, making them entirely dependent on it. This is because technology altered their normal ways of living. It simplified the hard manual tasks that people ought to do. Therefore, technology made people dependent on it by innovating different devices that made work easier. Hardly a day passes without people using these technological tools.
As an example, let us analyse the banking industry. The banking industries have been so much influenced by technology to such an extent that the workers themselves do not have to think a lot. Almost everything has been automated by computer-aided technologies. The cashiers do not spend their precious time in counting the thousands of notes provided to them by the customers. All what the bank cashiers have to do is to place money on ‘cash counters’ and then power the device (Vickyl, 2013). They trust the device to do the counting task for them. The same applies to other banking chores such as depositing and withdrawing cash. This implies that the banking industry has been overly dependent on technology to the extent that it ceases to function without technology.
The same independence on technology has been witnessed in learning institutions. Almost every activity has been incorporated with learning. For example, tutors, lecturers and professors prefer to teach using podcasts rather than the traditional ways of teaching and writing on the blackboards. Similarly, lecturers prefer to use projectors in teaching rather than writing and demonstrating to the boards. The same applies to students. They rarely do their homework without consulting the internet. To do their projects, some cannot afford to use their brains. They only access information from the internet using their computers, copy, paste and edit it, claiming to be their work (Vickyl, 2013). Therefore, members of learning institutions have completely become independent to technology.
In addition, people have become completely reliable to emerging technologies. Among those are the channels of communication used to pass information to people living in different geographical locations. This means that people have become dependent to technology because they rely on different technological devices used for communication purposes. For example, technology invented smart phones that people use to send texts and even call one another (Glidden, 2013). Without such technological devices, communication could be hard. This is because people would be limited by geographical areas from communicating. In addition, technology has also enabled people to multitask. For example, smart phones allow people to run different programs in them, play games, text and even participate in social platforms hosted over the internet. Without such technology, people cannot multitask.
Great of all is the key role that technology does by enlightening people on what happens in different parts of the globe (Ranikez, 2012). Because people need to know the emerging issues and keep abreast with the changes that take place in other parts of the world, technology has served to enslave people. It has enslaved people by making them dependent to it, almost in all areas of life. This argument bases on the fact that people always congregate to watch the evening news being broadcasted via the television (Ranikez, 2012). Even the youths learn about this news via social networks that have been invented by technologists. Therefore, there is no way people can receive news emanating from all over the globe in the absence of technology. Their knowledge of the external world entirely depends on technology.
In conclusion, technology has served to enslave people. It has enslaved people in all spheres of life by making them depend on it in matters of trade, learning and even enlightenment.
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