Technology: a good thing or a bad thing?

April 11, 2008 4:10pm CST
Technology is a very broad subject, and giving it a strict definition would be difficult to determine. Technology brought on by human want and ambition has enabled us to produce and design various products. From the control of fire, to inventing the wheel to recent technological developments like hammers, spoons, the internet and complex machines allowing us to interact with others on a more global scale. And with technology expanding left and right, debates have been raised whether technology improves or decreases human conditions. Social determinists would say that man has been dictated by the technologies he has created, that technology has now overpowered its creators and has taken control of their lives. Martin Heidegger said that 'everywhere we remain unfree and chained to technology whether we passionately affirm it or deny it.' But as social constructionists would believe, technology is an instrument to do every command it has been given to do by its maker. Other people would think that man will be able to solve their problems and control their existence even their future with technology making it beneficial for human conditions and modern life. Where is the line between the right use of technology and going overboard in using the technology we have? whats your take on all of this?
2 responses
@papskie (85)
• Philippines
1 Nov 12
I say, technology can never be bad nor good. Technologies are just neutrals. The question about bad or good only applies to the person who wield it.
@manya_pearl (1903)
• Singapore
12 Apr 08
Technology can be good or bad, depends on the person who use and perform it. If its bring into temptation, doing bad acts, then technology will be bad thing...