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Updated on April 11, 2011

Fear from what?

Have you ever heard of this term? I only knew some kind of fears, like: agoraphobia (fear from outside world), hydrophobia (fear from water), and arachnophobia (fear from spiders). But this term is new to me. Technophobia, how could I fear the technological advancement of this millennium when I am truly benefited by it? It’s not scary, after all.

High-Tech level of danger

When you don’t know the functions of a newly-presented product in the market, it can be confusing because of the intricacies of its composition.

Fiction writers can run their imagination and write fearful and dangerous effects of new technologies. If robots malfunctioned, it can be a threat to human race, just like in ‘Terminator’ films. Satellites can spawn into dangerous weapons that can eliminate mankind. Even mother computers can manipulate the functions of slave computers or robots, just like in ‘I, Robot’ and ‘Stealth’. (I’m a sucker for sci-fi films).

Robotics monsters can be a reality, if these new technologies will fall in the wrong hands.

Biotechnology and Nanotechnology

I’ve read about self-replicating robots. There was this special news revealing that nanotechnology is being development in China. Robots are self-replicating and can reproduce thousands of replicants in just a short span of time.

There were fears and warnings being spread by pioneers in both the bio and nano technologies. The first came from Bill Joy, co-founder of Sun Microsystems. He warned that the “merger of biotechnology and nano technology could endanger the human species”. Rogue scientists can devise and engineer lethal and molecule-size self-replicating “nanobots”.

Can we still breathe and inhale the air safely if there are already “synthetic pathogens and drift across the planet like pollen and destroy the biosphere”? This was the notion of Eric Dexler, a pioneer in nanotech that the worst effects of modern breakthrough in science and technology can bring major damage in the world and the human race.

Technological Doom

People are basically superstitious about everything that is new. To me, being brought to these technological spans, I’m basically curious of what will be the outcome of everything that brought much convenience to our lives. Doomsayers will often say negative about new inventions to think that it can ease human works.

Technological malfunctions are troubleshot by experts. Accidents and mishaps are often the aftermath of new inventions. Machines are not perfect because it need maintenance and repair. Perfecting an invention will undergo series of tests to ensure the safety of the ‘thing’ to the users.

CCA Faculty Video on Technophobia


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    • travel_man1971 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ireno Alcala 

      8 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      You bet, bacville. Science is not perfect; that's why, there's harmful effects along with the conveniences it give to our existence.

    • bacville profile image


      8 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Scientists should really be careful inventing new things than can harm the human existence in the planet.


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