Estrella Reyes

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Is there such a thing as TOO MUCH technology?

We are currently used to working with technology almost as much as we work with our hands but will it ever reach a point where it will become too much? where we will not be required to do anything other than think?

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    Oct 10 2011: No, absolutely not.

    By definition technology is the practical application of knowledge.
    what else needs to be said?
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      Oct 11 2011: Agreeance.
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      Oct 11 2011: But it's gone out of hand. We're suppose to be running after our lunch weaving a sharpened stick. Agriculture is already too much technology for us. We're not adapted to this lifestyle.
      Knowledge is also a curse. It'll save us from the next incoming asteroid and we may outlive the sun. But everything biological about us comes from the time we were living in tribes with rudimentary technology and knowledge. We lack this lifestyle.
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        Oct 12 2011: Because our physiological evolution hasn't kept pace with our minds doesn't mean we should slow technological progress.
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        Taking the knowledge "we're not adapted to this lifestyle" and applying the knowledge of exercise science leads us to technology that aids us without having to abandon our progress.
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          Oct 12 2011: Because our physiological evolution hasn't kept pace with our minds doesn't mean we should slow technological progress.
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          Agreed. It can't be reversed and shouldn't. We should do the best we can. Technology only will help us 'find our way back" so to speak.

          Just saying. There has been a point when it was too much, when it was actually damaging.
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    Oct 12 2011: " Appropriate technology reminds us that before we choose our tools and our techniques, we must first choose our DREAMS AND OUR VALUES, for some technologies serve them while others make them unobtainable". Tom Bender

    Technology and automation is out of control because it can create unlimited wealth for a few and outrageous liabilities for others and future generations.

    When science and technology serves humankind in the forms of jobs, conveniences that don't create unintended consequences and adds to the quality of life for all, it is beneficial.

    However when unintended consequences become the legacy of greed and short term profits for a few and massive liabilities for the many, it must be questioned in regards to the values and dreams that technology embodies.
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    Oct 11 2011: Estrella --

    Yes. There is most certainly such a thing as too much technology.

    Human physical, emotional and intellectual development, health and potentials can be seriously diluted by the overuse of technology.

    Andrea
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    Oct 11 2011: I, Robot is a prime example
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      Oct 13 2011: haha i like the reference, i never thoguht of that
  • Oct 10 2011: No. Every thing we use is technology. Technology was intended to make life easier for people, not harder.
    Technology does come from working with our hands, and it doesn't reduce thinking, it increases it. We will always need advancements in technology and this requires smarter people. A world of smarter people might generally make better decisions when it comes to the environment, poverty, slavery, the work place, the home, sports, entertainment and just about everything else. It does, and will depend upon, how it is used. To automate and put people out of work for more profit or for the average person to profit with a more stress-free life, worldwide? It should be the latter so something huge in our political systems has to be changed dramatically or even done away with. Since all technology is an extension of a human being, our greatest resource, and since technology is designed to make life better for all, thus, solving our problems that we all need and want solved, just who doesn't want this, contribute to this or solve what we the average person, wants solved? Well, politicians for one, don't solve problems. Money doesn't solve problems. As I am fond of saying because I think it bears ad nauseam repeating, "Things don't get done because of money. Things don't get done, ...because of money." It is people who do them, who come up with the solutions. Getting rid of and away from, any monetary system is a great way to gain back the power that we once had because we will do what needs to be done even if there were no money or the global economy busts to worthlessness. We will still do what we have to because we want to, need to and care to.
  • Oct 10 2011: will u can image without so much technology what will the world be ,
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    Oct 10 2011: Ummm. No Not if we are to remain healthy. I love not to think at times. Dont you just? But here I am writing and thinking. Actually when i paint I think to . Lovely slow clear thoughts. OK It's not the thinking that is the problem We just need to DO as well. technology, screens, sitting Naaah!! Give me the wide open plains anytime. With my Kindle as well. No I mean people. Maybe just two or one.
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    Oct 10 2011: There will certainly be one time when Technology will touch that too much barrier, but then we will again work out for any other technology to save ourselves from this too much, I guess this is how technology works. But that threshold is still away.
  • Oct 10 2011: yes and no. it is all about how you control it. there is a good podcast called Zen & Tech which teaches you about the balance between the two. the internet is a great gift but at the same time a great distraction. we get lost for hours and hours and for some it becomes an addiction. for some things it is great and has brought lots of change, but i say be aware of it's power as it can be to much at times.
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    Oct 9 2011: Some may say absolutely not but indeed in my opinion there is such a thing as too much technology. Technology has almost become an addiction to consumers today. They desire the latest innovations. Inventions that make their lives all but a little bit easier. But once technology begins to take over one of our factors of production - human resources(labor) that's when the line is crossed. When technology robots,machines,computers begin to ultimately control the human workforce the need for human resource is diminished. Also generations who were born without the type of technology we have today , have an advantage - THEY CAN THINK FOR THEMSELVES. The youth today including myself are so attached to technology such as ipods,iphones,ipads,laptops etc. For example if asked a question , youth today instead of thinking for themselves ,rely on their devices. Students are not accessing their brain as much as they should be. Often turning to these devices to do their homework for them. So as technology advances, the laziness, lack of intelligence rises etc.So yes I do believe there is such a thing as too much technology.
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      Oct 10 2011: Technology has been taking over our workforce since the dawn of civilization.
      Plows are technology
      Wells are technology.

      I agree technology has done a number on our educational system, but our system needs to adapt and change.
      Cheating may be easy, but now it is far easier to catch.
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      Oct 10 2011: This is what i was trying to get at. our generation has become so accustomed to technology, that it seems easier to have a small gadget do all our thinking rather than take a moment to really understand the concept presented to us. I don't deny that tchnology has improved our world in an immense way however, simplicity has also faded. i see more children inside with videogames rather than outside with a kite.
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    Oct 9 2011: It seems to me that there needs to be a balance between technology and humanity. When I say humanity I mean passion, soul, beauty, kindness, generosity of spirit, music, love, art - all the higher forms of what makes humankind great. I admit to being a lover of Star Trek, and I prefer an idealistic view of the future. So, to answer your question, as long as the balance is there; there will never be "Too much" technology.
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      Oct 10 2011: As soon as i saw the word "balance", i thought to myself, "perfectly said". i still think there can be a thing as too much technology, but you're also right, balance is the key factor.
  • Oct 9 2011: Some might argue that by eliminating the assembly/factory jobs via technology(robotics), that more of the workforce can devote their efforts to creative innovation. (increasing value growth)

    Technology has given humanity a place in this world undreamed of by other mammals and while there may be some negative aspects to more technology (innocence lost) I do not think there can be "Too Much."