The Advancement Of Science And Technology

The Advancement Of Science And Technology

To what extent will science and technology affect our lives? Is it for the better?

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As we all know, technology has become a necessity to all of our everyday lives, making our ordinary tasks quicker, easier, efficient, and a little more fun. Technology has solidified its place in society so much that if we take a look at the last 40 years or so, its advancement has grown exponentially. Think about it-- the last time the world experienced a boom in technology was during the Industrial Revolution of the 1800s, of which technology's main function was to alleviate manual labor. Earlier 20th century inventions were essential, of course, take the automobiles, airplanes, and radio as a few examples. However, technology didn't start truly growing at an exponential rate until the creation of the first Apple computer by Stephen Jobs and Steve Wozniak in 1976. This opened up the floodgates for an entire world of invention: the internet, smart phones, apps, and countless others.

The advancement within the scientific field is directly correlated to that of technology, especially in the world of bioengineering and medicine. Stem cell research and genetic modification are prime examples, as controversial as they may be. Issues arise, particularly with genetic engineering. Although having the ability to rearrange and edit DNA in such a way that eliminates the possibility of having genetically inherited diseases is progressive, consider the consequences. Overpopulation is already a huge issue, now decrease the death rate even more. Our resources would be expended even more than they already are, resulting in a lack of food and water, and an increase in pollution. This brings me to my main point; to what extent are we willing to progress science and technology?

I have had countless discussions about this topic with friends, whom are generally in favor of as much technological and scientific advancement possible. Although I understand the benefits of technology and science, as of recently, I question its altruism and progression for humanity. Let's take robots as an example. On one hand, there are robots that genuinely do make menial tasks easier or remove them entirely, like the Roomba, and some that do progress discovery (take this underwater "pokeball" robot as an example). On the other, there are robots created with extremely advanced artificial intelligence systems that really do make you wonder whether The Matrix can one day be a possibility. It's not too far off, really, if you combined a complex robot body with artificial intelligence able to move and process information independently. You cannot tell me that a robot like that could not beat your ass. All jokes aside, the possibility of robots created by our own technology, eventually outsmarting their creators, is a grim thought, and perhaps a prospective reality.

"Learn from me, if not by my precepts, at least by my example, how dangerous is the acquirement of knowledge, and how much happier that man is who believes his native town to be his world, than he who aspires to become greater than his nature will allow." Mary Shelley, Frankenstein

In the present, there are already issues amongst humans ensued by technology. Deepfake is a facial recognition technology that serves as a digital mask. It takes digital photos and essentially merges them into another face and body on video or photo. Snapchat's face swap is basically this. Deepfake has caused a multitude of issues, however, as some of the merging of faces, predominantly onto videos, have been unsettlingly accurate. The reason why this is an issue, is because of facial association. If someone sees your face perfectly merged onto a video of another person, you can essentially be framed in any type of situation. This happens often in pornography, where faces of celebrities are merged well onto another's face to make it appear that it is actually that celebrity. There has even been a situation where an everyday woman's face, Noelle Martin was used in a multitude of pornographic videos unknowingly, wrecking havoc in her life.

Another issue, of course, is our invasion of privacy through the internet, and possibly via smartphone microphone. I say possibly because many of my friends who have iPhones, mention how many times ads of items they wanted to purchase appear, even though they never searched for them, and have only mentioned them aloud. Of course, ads being catered to your searches is slightly invasive, but not really problematic. Problems can raise, however, when something as intricate as our own DNA is being sold off and used for scientific experimentation that we are unaware of. It is nice to think that the DNA is only being used for the good of humanity-- but can we trust that? A highly popular DNA test is the 23andme test, owned by Anne Wojcicki, the wife of the founder of Google, Sergey Brin. Google owns 23andme, and therefore has access to all DNA they receive. What are they doing with all of that DNA? Who knows.

Whenever I had these discussions with scientifically progressive friends, you can imagine their reactions, "Those are conspiracies," "That's not likely," and so on. I have even been told that science and technology can only help humanity. Whatever the case may be, I will still always have skepticism with the "benefits," of science and technology, especially if they hurt the only Earth that we have, or take advantage of our own people. Don't get me wrong, I will still indulge in YouTube, Instagram, and all of the other sweet treasures technology has provided. Though, best said by Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, "No man chooses evil; he only mistakes it for happiness, the good he seeks."

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When God Gives A Girl A Brother

He gives her a best friend.
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My brother is only 18 months younger than I am, but he's also at least a foot taller than me. Growing up with someone so close to my age has been one of the biggest blessings in my life. Yes, there was a time when I thought every single little thing he did was annoying and his feelings towards me were mutual. Yes, we still get into arguments and disagreements. But for the most part, we enjoy each others company. When God gives a girl a brother, He gives her...

1. A listener

I always have someone to talk to. No matter what, when, or where. Some of my favorite moments are spent chatting my brother's ears off while he absent-mindedly nods and continues to play x-box. Sometimes he just listens and doesn't say anything. Sometimes he gives me long replies. He always knows just how to react to what I am saying to him, which is why I tell him almost everything.

2. A protector

When I think about the man that my brother has become, it seriously brings tears to my eyes. He's so big!! How did this happen? I can remember when I was little and could boss him around and he would actually do whatever I said. Now I'm scared that if he hugs me too hard, I might break in half. My brother cares about me, and lets me know it. I'm so thankful to know that he is there for me no matter what and would do anything to keep me from harm.

3. A dance partner

Another favorite memory is dancing to Juju on that beat in the kitchen while mom is cooking dinner (or dancing with us). Or any other time any other song is on... in any other place... LOL. My brother and I are different in a lot of ways, but we both have no problem busting a move together.

4. A Sonic date

"Hey, wanna go get a sonic drink?" "Yeah, if you're buying!" This is a typical conversation for us, and he actually really does usually buy my food! (With mom's credit card sometimes, does that still count?)

5. An example

Being the older sister, I sometimes feel like I have let my brother down in a lot of ways in that he is probably an example to me more than I am to him. He is incredibly smart, talented, and hard working. Kids FLOCK to this guy, and he has the most creative mind ever. Seriously, I'm so nervous that my future kids are going to like their funny uncle more than me. He's way cooler than I am, and I want to be just like him when I grow up.

6. Comic relief

If you've never heard a "Lane Prevett story," pull up a chair. I will be glad to make you cry from laughing so hard. There's no way you can spend time with him and not laugh. And that, to me, is the best kind of person to be.

7. A best friend

My brother is a lot of things, but my favorite thing about him is that he is my best friend. Yes, we aggravate each other. Sometimes he plays his music too loud, and sometimes I take up all the internet so that he can't play video games. But I know that he would do anything for me, and he knows the same goes for him.

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Sorry, Bella Thorne, But Whoopi Goldberg Has A Point

Nude photos leaked, a scandal on the rise

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It all started with nude photos. Bella Thorne decided to release photos of herself naked after revealing that someone had hacked her things and was threatening to post them. She took it upon herself and said "It's MY DECISION NOW U DON'T GET TO TAKE YET ANOTHER THING FROM ME. I can sleep tonight better, knowing that I took my power back."

Let me make this clear from the very beginning. Bella has taken private, nude photos of herself for a reason we don't know (Probably to send to her boyfriend). She then gets hacked and threatened but decides to show photos anyway of herself naked to show that she has control over the hacker. Phew, I'm already not understand this choice.

Many celebrities and other women have praised her decision to do so, but I'm not one of them, and neither is Whoopi Goldberg from The View. While talking about the situation on the show, she was quoted saying, "Listen, if you're famous, I don't care how old you are, you don't take nude pictures of yourself. When they're hacking you, they're hacking all of your stuff. So, whether it's one picture or a million pictures, once you take that picture, it goes into the cloud, and it's available to any hacker who wants it. If you don't know that in 2019, that this is an issue ... you don't get to do that."

Now correct me if I'm wrong but isn't she making a valid point? Technology now has the ability to do whatever it wants, and hackers can get a hold of anything and everything. Whatever photos you take and send through text or even Snapchat can and will be saved to phones or shared among other people. How many celebrities getting texts, photos, or even calls leaked to the media?

In response to Whoopi, Bella is stating that she should be ashamed of her views, that she is putting the blame on girls for taking photos and is sick and disgusting. Can I make this clear again, she is not shaming you! She is simply saying that people (Not just girls, guys as well) should be smarter with what photos they take, who they send them to and know where they could possibly end up. It's not shaming; it's not a lie; it is the exact truth.

In one of her quotes, Bella says, "So what a girl can't send her boyfriend that she misses photos of her that are sexy? Things he's already seen?". I'm sorry, but I find this sentence very problematic. No one is saying that you can't be sexy for your boyfriend, just be smart about it. Sure, he's seen you naked, sure you've had sex, but the rest of the world hasn't. Just because one person gets the right to see it doesn't mean everyone else does as well. Hackers are out there, they are real, and they are real for celebrities and Hollywood.

Now yet again, Bella is twisting this story into something that it isn't. Now in videos that she has made explaining her view, she suggests that Whoopi is victim-blaming and would say the same thing to someone who survived sexual assault. On Instagram, she said, "So, if I go out to a party drinking and I wanna dance on the dance floor, do I deserve to be raped too?". Now I'm sorry yet again, don't start going on a parade by throwing this into the mix.

You got hacked and someone was going to leak naked photos of you. You decide to leak them yourself because you are not letting a man control your life. Then you compared it to drinking at a party, wanting to dance and asking if you deserved to be raped by doing that? Okay, how are these two even being compared? I'm not going to get too into this but think about it. Taking private photos are risky now with hackers, anyone can get into it without a problem. It's 2019, this has been going on for years. You say a man can't control your life so you release them anyway. A woman being raped at a party where she has no control is different. You chose to take pictures with the risk of them being leaked. A woman does not chose to be raped just because she is dancing at a party. Sorry, there's a difference.

Sorry Bella Thorne, but Whoopi Goldberg is not shaming you, she is not victim blaming. She is simply saying the truth.

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