Is technology our slave or are we a slave of technology?
According to me we are a slave of technology because we get irritated even if our cell is not working or there is no power in our house or other small things
I think the word slave is too deep because it suggests that there is no choice. Technology can be our assistant... yet technology can hinder us in many ways.
Without the human element, technology wouldn't exist!
This varies from individual to individual.
When technological gadgets have got many to be ignorant of those around them. They also distract them from the primary duties and cause unsafe situations. Many children and adults can be obsessed by them.
In the other cases technology can work for us.
For example I am able to contact all my relatives who live around the world through my Iphone. I am able to communicate through emails, voice communications, pictures, and even videos.
During the recent Japanese tsunami disaster, I immediately got phone call from South East Asia the middle of the night about this danger. Then in seconds, I was able to call another relative in West Coast of US, and warn him about the possibility of a tsunami affecting him. I was in another part of the country several thousands of miles away. Then internet gave all other information we needed to know.
Technology is neutral and it is up to each individual on who should be the slave.
Both. It does what we tell it to, but then we end up relying on it too much.
Only our ignorance of it enslaves. It uplifts us out of the servitude to the will of one planet. With it we shall master the universe. Without it the universe's whim is our master. We were not designed to contend with all the forces of nature that endanger our existence. It is only with technology that we are able to face the ultimate advisary to our livelyhood and complete freedom, the universe itself
Technology is only what you make of it, though our civilization is increasingly becoming beholden to the benefits of technology to sustain itself (imagine trying to feed everyone with out modern farming practices [fertilizer, horticulture, etc...]). So microlevel we have the choice of technology adoption but at the macrolevel we are entirely dependent on technology for our survival.
Technology is only a tool. We run into problems with it when we use it as a replacement for other aspects of life, rather than as an enhancement of these.
Both apply.We are slaves of technology because most of us(the youth)have been bought up surrounded by technology.From cellphones to computers to cable.We tend to take such things for granted and can never for a moment imagine life without them.We just assume that if something happens,they will just tweet or virally spread it online,forgetting that once upon a time snail mail was the only mode of information. Today, a fire happens, call 911! a hundred years ago one had to run for a bucket! However as technology has progressed,so have the people creating it.today anything run by a computer is at the mercy of a hacker,from banks to hospitals to aeroplanes.Any technogeek can turn technology into a slave of his/her own bidding and cause havoc.
I feel that our society as a whole is a slave of technology, but as individuals we are stewards of technology. Theres no denying that should the internet cease to exist tomorrow, society would change drastically, and perhaps even grind to a halt for a period of time. We are all so reliant on computers and television for information, our jobs and communication. I think the signs of our slavery will start to show as oil reserves dwindle and eventually disappear. EVERYTHING in society relies on oil from the gasoline that powers our cars to the plastics that make up the water bottles we all drink every day. Both are examples of Human technological advances that could cease to exist as the conditions of our existence change. The individual is the perpetuator of our collective slavery.
For me, I use technology to my advantages so I believe technology is our slave.
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