Technology Is More Powerful Than Us Essay

840 Words May 19th, 2016 4 Pages
Technology provides us with a means to do a task faster, better, or more efficient than we could do by ourselves. In many ways, technology is more powerful than us. Computers are able to find solutions to equations that would take humans lifetimes to solve. Nuclear bombs are able to cause orders of magnitude more damage than humans alone could. And with every technology we make, we control it to an extent. We can control what a computer calculates and when to launch a nuclear bomb, but accidents happen. Numerous times in history, countries have almost fired nuclear bombs in response to incorrect signals that nuclear bombs were being used on them, and because of the immense power of nuclear bombs, we give up some of our control of them.
In the world we live in today, there are several countries that have enough nuclear bombs to completely destroy the world, and in much the same way “that Meursault’s initial shot was largely determined by [his] surroundings and by the gun in his hand” (p. 323), our reactions to nuclear threats are determined by the large amount of nuclear bombs in our world today and by the nuclear bombs that we possess. This reaction along with the gun example talked about in the reading show that in some cases technology does minimize human will. However, in both of those examples, humans still have a choice. For instance, in the gun example, Meursault made the choice to hold the gun, and while firing the gun may not have been the outcome that Meursault…

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