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SOCIAL ISSUES OF COMPUTING

April 2, 2016 | Author: | Posted in it management, technology

FAR AWAY , SO CLOSE : Importance of Technological Change to Social Progress

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The great Nostradamus could not have predicted that the 21st century would be ruled by a geek with large framed spectacles and ruled by the race that hails from Silicon Valley . The way that technology has enslaved the entire human race by slowly conquering us and enticing with the lures of making life easier and allowing us to do much more than we normally could have has changed not only the rate by which our society [banner_entry_middle]

is progressing but also the way we interact with one another . Until up to the early 18th century , there was no such thing as electricity and running water in homes . To send a message to a person who was a couple of miles away , the only options were to either send a smoke signal or a messenger to run the distance

An important change which has revolutionized not only the way people interact and do business with one another but also the way relationships are formed in this world is the telephone . Alexander Graham Bell could never have imagined that phones today allow people to surf the internet and also watch movies . The telephone has become such an integral part of the everyday lives of people . This role is even expected to only become more and more important as the next generation of cellular phones will allow users to watch videos and talk to each other onscreen . The question that begs to be asked despite all of these changes however is at what cost these technological developments come

While certainly there has been so much that technology has given , one should always be wary because nothing in life is free . Everything comes at a price and if you think that it is the steep price of keeping up with the new gadgets and gizmos , you are mistaken

The costs to society due to this rapid technological change however are much more basic yet more problematic than simple piracy problems or intellectual property infringements . The price that we have had to pay for all of these advances , especially in the field of communications , is that while these advances have brought the world and its peoples closer together , it has also isolated individuals from each other

The cell phone , designed to allow people to communicate with each other with relative ease from virtually any point in the planet , has also cultivated the attitude of having people , who are physically near each other , miles apart talking to some other person . Virtual workstations allow people to work from their homes , in isolation , instead of being in the office and socializing and interacting with other living , breathing organisms . Children would rather spend hours online playing these new massively multiplayer online role playing games (MMORPG ) instead of going to the local park and playing with other children

The virtual world that technology has created has also given us a new world to explore . A world… [banner_entry_footer]

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