Technology is playing an ever-increasing role in our daily lives. From the cars we drive, the homes we live in and the places we work and learn, we are faced with technology by the bucket load, aiming to improve efficiency and encourage competitiveness on a modern scale. The fact of the matter is, today technology is an irretrievable constant in our daily lives. Tell people to live without their cell phones and they’ll laugh in your face. Tell someone he can’t send that email, and again he’ll be shocked. Technology is here to stay, big time, and it’s really making its mark on the way we live our lives.
For example, think about your workplace. Even before you get in the door you’ll come across modern technology, with car parking ticket dispensers, and door entry systems. When you get to your desk, the first thing you see? Yep, the computer. Even this monstrosity is betraying a vast network of technology underneath, linking it to other machines in your organization to allow you to print and share access to certain files. On your desk will also be an advanced calling system, and probably loads of other gadgets to boot. In fact, they’re so engrained in our daily lives, it’s hard to think how we survived before they existed.
Society today has gone down a dangerous path. We’ve placed far too much reliance on the machine and computer storage which has proven to be unreliable at times, as with all man made creations. The fact is with such a reliance on mechanical systems, we are jeopardizing whole hosts of vital information and operations which could result in major problems should systems fail dramatically. In this instant information generation, we are lacking the key ingredient of certainty which is so vital in storing our information.
Additionally, this societal movement towards technology is inevitably transpiring as a problematic area for youth, who grow up confused and in doubt as to effective written communication. This also gives rise to problems as far as grammatical and syntactical reasoning are concerned, which may have untold effects on generations to come.
Technology is clearly an asset in some respects, yet causes obvious problems in other circumstances, and has the potential to do so in the long run. It is necessary that we continue research into stable technologies to avoid putting all our metaphorical eggs in one basket, to provide the security and stability necessary for future commerce and society.