How Technology Is Influencing Our Society

An outlook on the advantageous nature of technology

Today, when you sit back and look at the world unfolding around you, you realize that as far as we are concerned, we are living in the future. You may email someone an entire house’s blueprint and they can print each part of the house on-site using a 3D printer. You can wear a pair of glasses that effortlessly project the entire collective library of knowledge of humanity in front of your eyes without even lifting a finger. Today, you can be sitting comfortably inside a big hollow piece of aluminum sheet, 40,000 feet in the air and catch up with your friends on a video call, who maybe thousands of miles away, in real time. Since the beginning of time, technology has helped us out as a human race, and today it is truer than ever. From the invention of the wheel to the Internet, technology has been a massive factor in the way our civilization has grown. With more and more technological advances just around the corner, our civilization continues to grow faster and faster than ever before. Numerous diverse areas, such as healthcare, mass media, transportation, education, medicine, include using technologies of all kinds that guarantee the proper running of each field and propel themselves into the future.

“We’re experiencing a few technical issues…”

One may argue that technology is a double-edged sword. Modern societies are increasingly dependent on technology. In fact, a lot of basic services such as hospitals, power grids, airports, rail and road transport systems, and military defenses can now be knocked out by cyber-attack or a catastrophic failure. Humans would be practically helpless if the technology were taken away overnight. Furthermore, there is a disturbance in this utopia of us and our technological achievements. Several people canvassing about the likely future of social and civic innovation share serious concerns. Some go as far as to say that technology causes more problems than it solves, with valid reason. A few said it is likely that emerging worries over the impact of digital life will be at least somewhat mitigated as humans adapt. Some said it is possible that any remedies may create a new set of challenges. A sizable segment of experts say among the leading concerns about today’s technology platforms are the ways in which they are exploited by bad actors who spread misinformation; and questions of privacy arising out of the business model behind such systems.

Adaptivity and Balance is key

Our global culture is in the process of adapting to the power our technologies wield and it is imperative that we will have develop some communal wisdom around how to evaluate new ones. There are several challenges, but since more than a few ordinary citizens have become aware that images can be ‘photoshopped’, views and likes can be ‘bought’, the awareness that video can be ‘deepfaked’ is more quickly spreading. Cultural norms as well as technologies will continue to evolve to help people to apply more informed critiques to the messages they are given.

None of these concerns imply that technology itself is bad, or something to be avoided. Rather, they illustrate that technology is not a perfect or complete solution to improve workplace performance or cultures and that it is our responsibility to make sure we use technology for the right reasons. There is indeed a disparity between the speed at which technology develops and the pace at which society develops. We ought to take care not to fall into that gap. Keeping in mind that what we do today as individuals impacts the entire human race going forward, at the very least, we need to understand the ways in which technology can extend or undermine the rules and guidelines we set for our businesses, workplaces, public spaces and interactions. In essence, as with all things, we need to find balance.



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