Technology's Impact On Everyday Life And The Professional World

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Currently, society is evolving at a faster pace than ever before, with professional and research fields developing at speedier rates, changing lives and population views on world crisis’s. This progress is in large part due to the rise of new technologies, as it opens the doors of the professional world to whole new slew of possibilities. For example, it has helped the medical field greatly in curing deadly diseases, permitted global and instant communication, and even sent a man into outer space. Although benefits are easily perceived from these new sources, new questions come up as to what are the full extent of technology’s effects and impacts on everyday life and the professional world. The critic and writer Howard Rheingold, who specializes …show more content…
This faith in the imaginative capacities of the young is thought to be leading to more innovation in the different working environments. Such is the case of Nicholas Negroponte. He suggests this very notion through the example of the United-States by stating that although the country has succumbed recent shortcomings, there are two reasons why it is one of the most successful and innovative countries of this world. On one hand, the philosophy of embracing failure as a building block to improvement, but also that “[Americans] are uniquely willing to listen to the young. In many cultures, age carries too much weight. Experience is rewarded over imagination and respect can be too deferential” (Negroponte 137). The author is saying that innovation comes from diversity, from all different parts of the world whether young or old. Here the young are celebrated for their encrypted and pure imagination which permits them to see different aspects and possibilities in a problem. Since they hold so much potential and diversity, their new angle of view inevitably leads to innovation according to the author. Moreover, Lewis expands this notion, that technology empowers and enhances the capacities of younger generations, trough the story of …show more content…
However, it’s weakness could be turned into a strength if used in the right profession. Rheingold is on the negative end of the spectrum as he clearly states the terrifying aspects of technology in his paper by saying that the “loss of privacy is perhaps the most obvious shadow side of technological cooperation systems. In order to cooperate with more people, I need to know more about them, and that means they will know more about me. The tools that enable cooperation also transmit to a large number of others a constellation of intimate data about each of us” (129). The author brings out the dual personality of modern and web-based technology in this quote. According to him, man traded their personal space and privacy because of technology. He reiterates this by giving examples of how credit cards, however useful they may be by keeping people from walking around with enormous amounts of cash, can be traced through the magnetic strips. Another example that was given by the author is that the very security systems that protect a company or a house from burglary could be used as “spying machinery” by the malignant and ill intent. For Rheingold the web-based technologies that have colonized people’s everyday lives are making distinct line between personal and work lives blurrier. However, it may not be such a bad aspect in the

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