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10 Reasons Technology Will be Our Downfall

Published by Mr Resistor in Offbeat
August 13th, 2009

A list of the 10 reasons I think technology will be our demise.

(This list is written in no particular order. It is not intended to offend or discriminate against anyone.)

10. The medical industry comes out with new ways to save lives every day. That seems like a wonderful thing. But when you factor in the experementation that has to take place, the cost, and the possiblilty it can actually just make things even worse, the benifits don’t outweigh the risks. Pills are prescribed in massive quantities to people with the promise their problems will be solved. In reality, they lead to another problem, requireing more treatments.

9. Things like Facebook, Myspace, and Twitter take control of peoples lives. Once you start, generally you are addicted. Soon, people will live their entire lives on the internet. No interaction between other people will be nessicary.

8. The current generation of kids and teenagers is totally into technology, but not into what makes it work or how to fix it. When the youth of today becomes the parents of tomorrow, who will fix the internet or the TV when the people that know how to are long gone?

7. Electronic devices will one day take control of everything we once did. There will be no such thing as gardners or housekeepers, all the jobs that were once done by humans will be taken over by machines.

6. Familys are already being torn apart by technology. Parents don’t understand Facebook and texting, and the youth are pretty much experts. Young kids sit infront of the TV all day or play video games while their parents are at work trying to pay for their fancy TV’s that they rarely have time to watch.

5. Eventually, almost all information will be kept in a digital format. But what happens if a peice of literature accidently gets “deleted”? Paper books can be distroyed, sure. But there is usually more than one copy of a book. You could argue that the information could be “backed up” but that still doesn’t mean it’s failure proof.

4. Weapons become more and more advanced every day. We’ve gone from throwing rocks, to deadly biological weapons. We have the power to kill everyone on the planet many times over, and even a few more times after that. In the furture, resources will be scarce and every political power in the world will be pitted against eachother, the only question is who will fire first?

3. Humans are too dependent on technology to go back now. We can’t survive without things like air conditioning and electricity. If we were forced to go hunt for our food and live in the wilderness we would be totally lost.

2. The entertainment of today is of no real value. Every action movie relies solely on special effects and computer graphics. There is no such thing as a true movie with just actors and the plot, it’s all fancy and glittery.

1. All the music artists, movie producers, and computer programmers will soon be out of a job. Piracy is big, meaning people that really do work hard to produce something they deserve to be rewarded for, get no reward. Movies can be uploaded for everyone to download for free in a matter of clicks.

In writing this list, I have nothing against technology. I think it’s a wonderful thing. We have come along way from the stone ages and for that we should be proud. What we shouldn’t be proud of is how we have let our socieity today form around technology. Every day we come up with a new technology that makes the old one slow and obsolete, by doing this we both deplete out resources, and also pollute our envoirment with mounds of antequated technology. I hope that someday, we will atleast look back and admire the simple times when things weren’t so advanced.

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  1. Posted September 12, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    The sky is falling, The sky is falling (smile). This I observe about the American system: Things tend to be addressed when they began to become a crisis (usually before its too late) and the system tends to stay gridlocked unless there is a reason to compromise where both sides gets something they wanted.

  2. Posted October 4, 2009 at 4:51 am

    I love technology too but I think that what will kill us is the population growth, Almost every city in the US stinks because we don’t know how to get rid of our waste and that marks the beginning of the end.

  3. League of Scientists
    Posted October 25, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    Basically, none of those points make sense or are backed up by anything that has happened in the real world. For a full rebuttal listen to http://www.theriotradio.com from 6-7pm EST today (Monday, October 25, 2010).

  4. Valenash
    Posted February 8, 2011 at 1:21 am

    your pretty stupid

  5. Ted
    Posted July 19, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    good points, but a lot of the things you have said can be argued.

  6. Matt
    Posted January 11, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    I don’t necessarily agree with everything but I definitely agree with #8. I know how to fix, take apart, or software mods on idevices, laptops, lots of other hardware and software etc. etc. In my school for technology we learn NOTHING except how to type (not that anybody payed attention) and again thats not really learning how it works. I am also teaching myself programming too (with the help of youtube); preferably Vb scripts. I am so passionate about something that doesn’t matter right know but will eventually really hurt us. You can easily agree with lots of your points but are based well. Overall O.K…. article.

  7. Andrew
    Posted April 14, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    Whilst I generally agree with your points, I think you’re forgetting one other major problem: the shear pointlessness of the entertainment. One hundred years ago people had very little time to enjoy entertainment compared with now, yet people use that spare time not to better their lives or further their knowledge, but rather to watch hours upon hours of television, movies or play games on the internet.
    Just imagine where we’d be if even just a million people used their spare time they currently waste on watching TV to research something, experiment with things or build things.
    In the years leading up to Rome’s collapse all of the citizens spent their time not furthering the benefits of man-kind, but entertaining themselves with the gladiatorial games. No one wanted to partake in the actual protection or hands-on work, but they all wanted to be entertained.
    Conversely, it’s easy to see what the successful people in the world do differently: they don’t get home at 6pm and start watching TV until they go to bed, they work on other things to better their positions.
    A society that is consumed by its own entertainment is doomed to fail when the last worker puts down tools in preference of real work.

  8. Posted October 12, 2012 at 12:54 am

    8. The current generation of kids and teenagers is totally into technology, but not into what makes it work or how to fix it. When the youth of today becomes the parents of tomorrow, who will fix the internet or the TV when the people that know how to are long gone?
    7. Electronic devices will one day take control of everything we once did. There will be no such thing as gardners or housekeepers, all the jobs that were once done by humans will be taken over by machines.
    6. Familys are already being torn apart by technology. Parents don’t understand Facebook and texting, and the youth are pretty much experts. Young kids sit infront of the TV all day or play video games while their parents are at work trying to pay for their fancy TV’s that they rarely have time to watch.
    5. Eventually, almost all information will be kept in a digital format. But what happens if a peice of literature accidently gets “deleted”? Paper books can be distroyed, sure. But there is usually more than one copy of a book. You could argue that the information could be “backed up” but that still doesn’t mean it’s failure proof.
    4. Weapons become more and more advanced every day. We’ve gone from throwing rocks, to deadly biological weapons. We have the power to kill everyone on the planet many times over, and even a few more times after that. In the furture, resources will be scarce and every political power in the world will be pitted against eachother, the only question is who will fire first?
    3. Humans are too dependent on technology to go back now. We can’t survive without things like air conditioning and electricity. If we were forced to go hunt for our food and live in the wilderness we would be totally lost.
    2. The entertainment of today is of no real value. Every action movie relies solely on special effects and computer graphics. There is no such thing as a true movie with just actors and the plot, it’s all fancy and glittery.
    1. All the music artists, movie producers, and computer programmers will soon be out of a job. Piracy is big, meaning people that really do work hard to produce something they deserve to be rewarded for, get no reward. Movies can be uploaded for everyone to download for free in a matter of clicks.
    In writing this list, I have nothing against technology. I think it’s a wonderful thing. We have come along way from the stone ages and for that we should be proud. What we shouldn’t be proud of is how we have let our socieity today form around technology. Every day we come up with a new technology that makes the old one slow and obsolete, by doing this we both deplete out resources, and also pollute our envoirment with mounds of antequated technology. I hope that someday, we will atleast look back and admire the simple times when things weren’t so advanced.

    i got 8 reasons

  9. Philip Kiernan
    Posted November 13, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    There are always people out there interested in learning everyday to better the economy or to make a piece of technology better. Don’t just assume everyone goes home at 6pm everyday and just watches t.v. and goes to sleep. There are reasons why technology is advancing today. In the medical field, because technology is advancing I do not see why they cannot just find a better way to test their products.

  10. LOL
    Posted November 27, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    Kinda hard to take this seriously when there is spelling mistakes. However some of the points where kind of relevant.

  11. RED
    Posted December 1, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    I actually love #3. If we were forced to hunt and didn’t have a clue how, the first thing that would pop in our head would be to check the internet or Youtube for a video on how to hunt. It’s becoming our downfall.

  12. Posted February 20, 2013 at 10:57 am

    Number 6 is stupid

  13. Posted February 20, 2013 at 10:57 am

    Number 6 is stupid

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