positive effects of technology verses the bad effects ( the
costs) of technology; is like a teeter-tottering game. On one side we pile the
positive effects such as
safety and security improvements or assurances
work saving & luxury items
On the other side lands the negative consequences or costs:
inequalities and suppression
criminal & terrorist threat
medical side effects & drug abuse
energy & material depletion
Pollution & environmental threat
waste and disposable attitudes
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Often we must add compensating assurances, through interventions such as:
Compensators are often needed to assist the positive side to help counterbalance unexpected and/or unaddressed negative effects of technology. Hopefully, the positive effects will always out weigh the negative.
Although, technology is meant to improve our quality of life and standard of living, we have to remember that all technology comes at a cost. As you can see above, the cost is not always weighed in dollars. In general terms; it is also be weighed in many other ways, for example:
Peoples health - History shows us that the Roman dynasty was virtually wiped out due to lead poisoning that was incurred from everything ranging from led lined wine barrels to lead based paint. World's worst nuclear power accident occurred at Chernobyl in the former USSR (now Ukraine).
This video illustrate that the effects of the Chernobyl disaster, were not limited to the local area. In fact, this is an example of how technology and it's affects have no borders in this day and age.
to watch BBC World’s report on the Chernobyl Disaster.
The environment, the above continues to be a health problem due to it's impact on the environment. The environment is constantly under siege by technology since the industrial revolution. At first it was mass pollution from coal fired smoke stacks and chimneys, lack of proper sewage disposal and the ruination of fertile topsoil and forests to get at oars that lay below the surface. These problems have not gone away, we still have problems ranging from everything from rainforest devastation to over fishing, to technology equipment disposal.
cultural and social diversity, and so-on is continuously
threatened by overpowered ideologies that steam role over traditional or
opposing factions that do not contribute to their mandates. Our first nation
peoples are a prime examples of small but powerful and established societies
that have been crushed by the "divide and concurring" attitude of
the "white man".
Today we still witness technology used to eliminate or annihilate the enemy in ethnic disputes such as in South Africa, Gaza, or as in the case of Hitler and the Jews. It maybe popular western trends and beliefs that, perhaps, the youth of other parts of the world find themselves torn away from their traditional ways.
Spiritual and personal ethical questions which are connected
to cultural backgrounds, but challenge us on a individual or personal basis. It may be as simple as pier pressure
that our youth may experience when it comes to being exposed to video games
or certain movies. It may be in regards to things like cloning of
living organisms or euthanasia.
It is no easy task, in today's world, to insure the positive out weigh the negative as most societies can't live without modern technology. We often can't see far enough ahead to consider all the options or consequences to adopting new technologies. Technology, like genetic engineering and medical procedures can cause side effects which can result in even more serious problems than the original problem.
1.) If the costs of technology are not just weighed in dollars, what else are they measured in?
2.) What is an example of an aspect of technology with a positive side that has an obvious (negative) cost that we try to compensate with some means. In other words, explain the positive, negative and compensative way we try to balance the technology seesaw in a specific situation.