All Can Be Lost: The Risk Of Putting Our Knowledge In The Hands Of Machines By Nicholas Carr

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Technology is something that is constantly being used in our lives. The endless usage and continuous change of these tools are of equal importance to our mere existence. Each and every day, it seems as though there are new machines and devices with which we become captivated. In the endless attempts to make human life easier, we tend to opt for these new and evolving devices over the old-fashioned way of doing things – doing them without the use of modern technology. In All Can Be Lost: The Risk of Putting Our Knowledge in the Hands of Machines, Nicholas Carr, while admitting that technology simplifies our lives and is very convenient, attempts to unveil the dangers behind the common decision to put technology in the place of human work. It …show more content…
Doctors do use computers very often in their career on a daily basis in order to diagnose their patients. Technology is used regularly in the operating rooms of many hospitals to aid in surgery. The author was implying that, like pilots, doctors are quickly becoming unable to do their own jobs because of technology. I have witnessed firsthand the use of technology during surgery, as I have shadowed a surgeon in the past. Tools in the operating room are constantly advancing, and it is effecting surgery in an incredible way. Having had these experiences of my own, I disagree with the author in giving this as an example of decreasing knowledge, but I concur that technology has a very strong presence. Computers and machines are used in the operating room not to simplify the job of the doctor, but to increase success rates of surgery using the precision of technology, while also decreasing complications. Human hands are much larger and less steady than those of the machines used in surgery and human eyes are unable to see as well as a machine could make possible. One of the differences, however, between technology in the medical field and technology in many other workplaces is that the doctor is still operating the machine. There is full knowledge of the situation by the surgeon, and no knowledge is lost. Although Carr was distinctly trying …show more content…
Having a society set on devoting ourselves to its advancement, it is fair to say that it is a major part of our lives. We love technology, and we use these tools for many of our daily activities, but we should not and can not allow it to take away from our knowledge and our abilities to complete tasks on our own. The advancement of technology is necessary, but we even more so require knowledge and productivity in our everyday lives. Carr does not find that all technology is horrible and ruining our culture, but he does strongly suggest that it will escalate into something catastrophic. He is not wrong, and somewhat successfully and persuasively exposes the frightening truth in All Can Be Lost: The Risk of Putting Our Knowledge in the Hands of Machines. After all, we need the trials and errors involved in human experience to live a fully human life; this cannot come to fruition if a machine is doing it for

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