The Advancement Of Science And Technology
Lifestyle

The Advancement Of Science And Technology

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

136
The Advancement Of Science And Technology

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."

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Swoon

119 People Reveal How The Pandemic Has Affected Their Love Lives, And Honestly... Relatable

"I haven't been able to get out of the 'talking phase' with anyone."

The reality is, there's no part of life the pandemic hasn't affected. Whether it's your work life, your home life, your social life, or your love life, coronavirus (COVID-19) is wreaking havoc on just about everything — not to mention people's health.

When it comes to romance, in particular, people are all handling things differently and there's no "right way" of making it through, regardless of your relationship status (single, taken, married, divorced, you name it). So, some of Swoon's creators sought out to hear from various individuals on how exactly their love lives have been affected since quarantine began.

Keep Reading... Show less

The Caribbean is a place where people go for vacation, but if you set out from a cruise ship you miss out on all the beautiful culture. Their exotic beaches are nothing without their zinging food and hospitality. Locals in the Caribbean are warmhearted with a zest to live life to the fullest.

This is exactly where most of their words and phrases come from, having a good time. I definitely enjoyed myself living in the Caribbean, but it's not always about lounging. They get work done too and I've learned proper phrases for accomplishments.

Keep Reading... Show less

According to Urban Dictionary, a "simp" is defined as "a man that puts himself in a subservient/submissive position under women in the hopes of winning them over, without the female bringing anything to the table." There are many other definitions for a "simp," but basically it's shaming men who are kind to women without getting anything in return.

Let's just stop attacking nice men. Work out your own issues, don't project your shortcomings onto another man. What happened to the brotherhood? Y'all can lie for each other, but can't raise each other up? You guys can encourage murder, gang rape, and violence against women — or at least stay silent about it — but can't let your brother know it ain't cool when they bring you down for being nice to women with no expectation?

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

Self-Love Is The Best Love, That's Just How It Is

Do you ever feel like you can't please everyone? Self-love will do the trick.

I've been feeling a little down lately, with the understanding that friends don't last forever and that I can't always please my parents. Life has been rough for everyone lately and it's not easy to stay happy and optimistic during these times. But I promise you, you are on this earth for a reason. You are here because God formed you, to love, and to be loved.

When things are tough, realize that you have yourself always. No one can take that away from you. You will always be you. No matter who you are, what you believe, or where you've been in life, at the end of the day, you are you. You can love you, therefore giving you one reason to stay here on this Earth.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

Nobody Wants To Grieve, But That's The Price We Pay For Love

Grief never comes when you think it should. It comes when a certain song comes on or the sun shines through the window just right.

Death always seems to come when life is good and everything starts to be going alright. And then out of nowhere, you're reminded of how cruel life can be. The stages of grief don't always go in order, they come in waves or all at once. Grief never comes when you think it should. It comes when a certain song comes on or the sun shines through the window just right. I take comfort in the fact that everyone experiences grief, even when you feel all alone knowing that everyone goes through a process that helps a little bit.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

What's Coming To And Leaving Netflix In August For Your Summer Viewing Pleasure

Just in time for another your end of summer binge-watch list.

Flower Films, Warner Bros, New Line Cinema

August is here, which means we will be losing some of our Netflix favorites but gaining some new ones. Here is a list of TV shows and movies we will be losing and gaining on Netflix during August.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

Living With Bipolar Disorder Is An Everyday Battle, But I'm Fighting It

I went from depression, to anxiety, to bipolar disorder.

I've thought about how to write this since my diagnosis. I've thought about what kind of feelings it might bring up from my mom, former friends, and even myself. I've rewritten it a thousand times in my head, but never could quite get the words onto my notepad, but tonight I'm going to sit down and write it.

Keep Reading... Show less
Politics and Activism

There's No Reason To Delay The 2020 Election Because Mail-In Votes Count Just The Same

Plus, Trump can't actually the delay the election even if he tried.

Donald Trump started Thursday out in a fury, taking to Twitter to suggest the 2020 election be delayed.

Keep Reading... Show less
Lifestyle

I'm A Black, Gay Fashion Lover Who Grew Up In The South, And I Want To Be A Beacon For The Future

Giving your life story is never easy, but it can be, if you want to make a difference.

Jacorey Moon

Growing up in Georgia was not always the accepting place we know it to be today thanks to Atlanta. Let me preface this by saying, I had a pretty good life growing up. I was raised by a single mother who sacrificed so that I could live the life that I lived. I was spoiled rotten. One way that my mother spoiled me was through clothing.

Keep Reading... Show less
Lifestyle

These 10 Black Women Were Our 2000s Fashion Icons — We're Still Replicating Their Looks Now

We recollect on some of the Black stars who served as fashion icons during the 2000s.

When we talk about the 2000s, it's always filled with nostalgia. For most of us, we grew up during that era with the razr flip phones or sidekicks, and decade staple designers like Juicy Couture, Von Dutch, and Ed Hardy. It was time of daring fashion choices and red carpets that we now look back on and say, "what were they wearing?"

A sector of people that exemplifies the fashion icons who ruled the 2000s, were Black women. So, I feel as though it's my duty to shine light on these fashion icons. Here they are:

Keep Reading... Show less
Netflix

As a college student (really as a broke person with no cable,) Netflix is my go-to for solitude- style entertainment. My favorite types of shows to watch on Netflix by far, are dating shows.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments