The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race.
— Stephen Hawking
The 21st century is just 19 years old and it has been marked the era of ‘science and technology’.
The world has become a global village, thanks to technology. Access to information now happens at the speed of light, messages are passed across the entire universe in 0.001234 seconds, just like magic! The world is moving fast and everyone on this planet is definitely enjoying the ride.
Health care has immensely improved which has increased the life span of the average human being. Diseases and epidemics are no longer feared like before as there seems to be a drug or vaccine for anything now. Birth complications are now under control, the mortality rate of maternity cases have drastically reduced. It’s really such an amazing time to be alive.
Travelling has become easier. In less than 24 hours, you can be in over 10 countries for business or leisure. The easy transportation of goods and services has made the world one commercial market. Business is thriving, thanks to technology.
The human mind can’t even comprehend all of the possibilities with technology. Learning has become better and unconventional, anyone can sit in their bedroom and have access to books, articles, journals and research papers from the best of writers to the most prominent scientists. What a fabulous time to be a student!
The agricultural sector is not left out from the impact of technology. Farm outputs has sky-rocketed, thousands of hectares can now be tilled and planted in a few hours. With the use of improved seeds, fertilizers and pesticides, the harvest is sure to be bountiful. Coupled with sophisticated storage and processing facilities, farm products are now available for consumption all year round. Famine has become a thing of the past. What a profitable time to be a farmer!
Generally, we can’t deny that life has become easier, better and more fun in this era. We don’t even have to think for ourselves, thanks to the advent of artificial intelligence.
However, this fun era has left us with dust in our mouths as a result of environmental pollution which has given birth to climate change, global warming and the rapid extinction of several species of fauna and flora.
The advent of technology has also killed our creative minds. We are now so heavily dependent that we can no longer function properly without it.
In addition to this, we are also saddled with the problem of structural unemployment which is fast eroding all sectors of the economy. People are being laid off from work for not being up-to-date with the newest technologies. Industries are replacing thousands of human labor with more efficient machines that don’t need sick leave, maternity leave and don’t come with the rest of the other human problems.
Technology is a double edged sword, it’s huge benefits come with heavy repercussions especially when not managed properly. Unfortunately, humans have a problem with managing anything properly. We want to exploit everything until there is nothing left.
I think technology is a blessing and misuse makes it a curse.
Technology is a useful servant but a dangerous master.
— Christian Lous Lange
Have a splendid weekend ahead!