Fandango has outdone himself with this twisty biscuit. The question of the day is:
“Is technological advancement a net positive or a net negative?”
Technology’s advancement has widened the opportunity for people from all points on the globe to communicate with and interact with each other through the internet.
Massive surveillance of each and every person on the face of the globe is now possible through the advancement of technology, whether through geo-positioning-systems (gps), video and listening devices built into phones, televisions, and computers, as well as planted on power poles, in stores, government buildings, parks, cars, public transportation, etc. In addition, drones can look in your window while you’re getting dressed and who knows what else. Oh, and speaking of drones, drone warfare.
We can instantly record video and sound with our hand-held devices, then post them onto public websites. Youtube has an infinite number of cute cat videos to enjoy. We also have the capacity to record the Po-Po putting the beat down on people as evidence when it is later denied and stated by said Po-Po that the victim, er defendant was either armed or resisting arrest.
We have pacemakers for misfiring hearts. We have insulin pumps for diabetics. We have high-tech prosthetics for those who have lost limbs. We also have so many new medical machines that are overprescribed – it needs to get paid for somehow – and may cause peripheral harm. Have you heard of the DaVinci robot surgeon? Question: Would you let DaVinci do your brain surgery?
Technological advancement has put a cell phone in the hand and up against the head of everyone 8 years old or older. Do you know what the long term effects of the radiation emitted from a cell phone does to a person? Neither do I. Threat of long-term exposure to radiation doesn’t even begin to touch upon how the images and sounds entering your young one’s eyes and ears are rewiring their brains. I dare you to take a cell phone from your 15 year old teenager who has been using it since 8. It would be like severing one of their limbs. You had better be ready to duck, or be on suicide watch for your teenager.
For me, technological advancement is convenient in many ways and I appreciate its capacity to enable my communication with others anywhere on the globe. I despise the thought that I’m being watched and or listened to by some device much of the time. I like the idea if the Po-Po put the beat-down on me someone might catch it on their cell phone so I don’t get framed. If I suffer from a health condition, it will be good to know there are options short of becoming an invalid or dying. I’m terrified to think of what the generation who was raised on cellphones will be like when they are in charge – if we as a species lasts that long.
All things considered, knowing how any wondrous tool gets misused by power players bent on world domination at any cost, I’m going to have to say technological advancement is a net negative.