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The Cause And Effect Relationship Of Technology and Society

technologyThere’s a direct correlation between technological advancement and human evolution or one could argue the other way around, that human evolution leads to technological advancement. But anyway you look at it there is no getting around the fact that innovation and forward looking ideas sculpt the future for humans.

The majority of the time throughout our history, new technology was the direct result of necessity. Early cultures use of tools forged from metals are examples of such an innovation. Such tools allowed early people to increase agricultural output as well as wage war more efficiently.  Sadly most technology comes from a result of warfare.

The development of sanitation and sewage systems in cities was in direct response to growing plagues and sicknesses from everybody’s waste piling up all around them. It is easy to see the correlation behind these advancements, but in a modern society technological innovation is not always a necessity and can exist in a gray area, where necessity is relative.

For some, getting the latest smart phone is necessary for them to stay ahead of the curve with their business, while for others it’s a matter of being trendy and appearing cool. But for someone in a Third World country, they are more concerned with where they’re going to get their next meal or staving off the latest disease.  Having the latest smart phone is of little concern for these people. Their main concern is more involved with finding solutions to disease and drought and basic survival.

What most people fail to take into consideration is the fact that there is a price we pay for all of our modern luxuries. Any time you use a piece of computer equipment whether it is your phone, laptop, tablet or even your car, there’s a good chance that somewhere along the way before these products reached you, somebody suffered in the process of making it. This may be in the form of sweatshops or slave labor or it may involve taking over territory in order to procure the resources necessary to produce these products.

Of course I’m not saying that technology is intrinsically bad, advancements in health care and medicine help sick people and ease suffering. The point I’m trying to make is that I think we just need to look deeper into the effects that the products that we use have on the world around us.