Well, we all know that modern society is already a dependent and sometimes over-dependent on technology. We use it in many ways, for assignments, we no longer go ask our parents or any one for help, we are just one click away from finding the answer via the internet. Nearly every single household has an internet connection. With Asia leading in internet users as of Q2 2012.
Of course, technology in many ways is much more simpler, easier and much more efficient. Even farming techniques use modern scientific methods but my question is is it a boon or a curse?
For me it's a bit of both. I've already listed the reasons for it being a boon but it also houses some disadvantages. Unemployment for example, since nearly everything uses computers, thus minimizing the use of man. Also A.I. Artificial Intelligence which many of you know I already stated in Gen-Chat, of course there are different views on it. One - that it could happen in the near future Two - It does not seem likely. I will just quote my post from that topic, to express my thoughts:
|OK, before anyone calls this by seeing 'World End' in the title and says bullsh*t please, it's actually a really interesting a concept and IMO does seem likely in the near future. So, use this thread for only serious discussions and opinions please.|
Now, we all know the plot of the famous Terminator movies. Basically, the concept is that computers will take over the world in the future. The Matrix also has a similar concept, but it's much more detailed. Here, humans are used as enemy sources and the humans dream that they are actually in the real-world and have no idea that they are in the future and are used as power sources, similar to lucid dreaming. Who knows? We could be in The Matrix now.
Artificial Intelligence is basically giving a PC a mind of it's own. Like making it near human. Or a supercomputer which will happen in the future. However giving the PC's a mind of it's own to do functions on it's own is a risk. The PC's since they have a mind of their own may look towards humans as their own enemy and you get the rest of the idea.
Stephen Hawking's says: "The danger is real that they would develop intelligence and take over the world".
Summarizing the topic as a whole: Do you think we are over-dependent on technology? In my opinion Yes, of course we are but only to an extent, I wouldn't say over-dependent and the main question is over use of technology a boon or a curse for mankind? Well in my opinion , only time will tell the truth but it's a bit of both for me.