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Is technology the solution or the cause of many problems?

  1. Ron Thinks profile image55
    Ron Thinksposted 8 years ago

    Is technology offering solutions to our problems or is it creating more problems?

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      Poppa Bluesposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Both. Everything has a benefit as well as a downside. Fire can keep you warm, but it can also be destructive and the smoke can hurt your lungs. Cars can get us from one place to another faster, but they cause pollution and can kill people in crashes. Chemo can send your cancer into remission and save your life but it can also harm your immune system and cause your death. What's important is to know the trade-offs and to have the freedom to decide for yourself whether to use a given technology or not.

      1. livewithrichard profile image86
        livewithrichardposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Well said!

    2. Greg Cremia profile image59
      Greg Cremiaposted 7 years agoin reply to this


  2. Dgerrimea profile image64
    Dgerrimeaposted 8 years ago

    That's such a general question that the only reasonable answer seems to be 'both'.

    1. Rod Marsden profile image76
      Rod Marsdenposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      This is true. It is both. This is why we have to look at solutions very carefully.

  3. mel22 profile image59
    mel22posted 8 years ago

    Most technology was fine until they created the H bomb. I suppose afterwards they made up for it by producing nuclear power  but the threat of the bomb is always there. Its not the technology that creates the problem its the user ,who abuses the technology that creates the problem. I suppose the first gunpowder was probably used in fireworks but eventually went to use in cannons or guns. its all the user and what he does with it.

    1. Rod Marsden profile image76
      Rod Marsdenposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      The industrial revolution of the 19th Century came about as a stop gap measure for increases in Western population due to the use of better medicines and less warfare. Due to technological advancements fewer people were required to farm the land. Something had to be done for them and with them. The development of factories to employ more and more people seemed to be the solution. With factories, however, came a whole set of new problems including more concentrated forms of pollution. And here we are, in the 21st Century looking at technology to get us out of this mess.

      One of the things the H bomb did was limit war and the possibility of war reducing population density without, at the same time, destroying usable land. Agent orange in Vietnam destroyed for decades a lot of what was once farming land so, no matter how many people were killed by it, there was nil advantage to the land and thus the planet.

      Yes. the first gunpowder was used for fireworks. there are early reports in China about its use. Also it was the Chinese who first used firecrackers as a means of scaring the hell out of enemy horses. The West developed the cannon and eventually the modern day firearm.     

  4. Ron Thinks profile image55
    Ron Thinksposted 8 years ago

    Great answers guys! I agree that users are the ones responsible for tipping technology from being a solution to being the problem. On a small scale, most computer problems can be solved by searching the internet. But most computer problems are caused by viruses/malware programs found on the internet.

  5. Misha profile image75
    Mishaposted 8 years ago

    neither. ignorance is the problem, and reducing ignorance is the solution smile

    1. Urbane Chaos profile image95
      Urbane Chaosposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Misha, well said.. big_smile

      You know what they say, ignorance is bliss..

      There's a lot of extremely happy people in this world. tongue

  6. Shil1978 profile image92
    Shil1978posted 8 years ago

    I'd say both. Technology has given us solutions to many problems, however it has also created new problems for us. We have so many tech-related problems like carpal tunnel syndrome, which is caused due to excessive use of computers.

    Also, all sorts of pains brought on by having us sit in front of computers for hours on end, for which our bodies weren't designed for!!

    While technology has made our lives much easier, it has also caused problems for the environment, just to mention one example! So, well, there have been positives and negatives!!!

  7. Peter Hoggan profile image73
    Peter Hogganposted 8 years ago

    Misha, beautifully put!

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    curioxatposted 8 years ago

    Good question. I would say it is both, it has transformed the way we work and communicate but it is such a headache when it stops working for you. I've started using reimage.com to clean my PC every so often and I've definitely had much less trouble since!

  9. dish_network profile image58
    dish_networkposted 8 years ago

    technology is more solution oriented, but it also creates problem.