Advantages and Disadvantages of Technological Advances
Everything is more expedient and easy to get to because of advances in technology in nearly every walk of life. However, with the progress that technology has made for humans and no matter how convenient it may make things, there are some disadvantages accompanying this level of access. The advantages are that it shows people better ways to get things done and these processes get positive results. For example, education has been greatly advanced by the technological advances in computers and information technology. Students now learn on a global scale while sitting in their classrooms. Agricultural processes that once required dozens upon dozens of human workers are now automated, thanks to advances in technology, which means cost-efficiency for farmers.
Medical discoveries and innovations occur at a much quicker rate, because of machines and computers that aid in the research process and allow for greater educational research into medical matters. Cost efficiency is also an advantage because technology improves on existing processes and showcases new ways to achieve positive results; machines are able to produce the same or greater output than humans in certain industries. This results in cost savings for business owners, allowing them to invest in growth in other areas of the business, which contributes on a positive level to the economy as a whole. Communication is the very essence of life. Nothing can progress in the absence of communication. Modern technology has rewarded humans with advanced communication technology tools such as e-fax machines, electronic mail, mobile phones, video conferencing, instant text messaging applications, social networking applications.
The more advanced society becomes technologically, the more humans become dependent upon computers and other forms of technology for day-to-day life. This means that when a machine breaks down or a computer stops working, humans are almost paralyzed until the problem is rectified. This kind of dependency on technology puts people at a distinct disadvantage because they become less self-reliant. At the same time, human workers retain less value, which is a disadvantage of technological advances. Because machines automate processes and do the work of 10 people with one computer, companies find they don’t need to employ as many people to get the job done. As machines and computers become even more advanced and efficient, this will continue to be a growing disadvantage of technology and an issue that has a global impact.
Students rely completely on studying on computers because of easy access to information. They no longer look at books and have completely forgotten how to learn in the traditional manner. This is not good since there are some claims that computers are not reliable for the students to be learned. They are not anymore reading books and answering their homework since there are already specific answers on the computer.