Technology and Society – Impact of Technology on Society. One of the best things society could ever ask for is science and technology. Since the industrial revolution in the 18th century science has been in progress. The society has greatly gained with the invention of technology, without society, there would be no science and technology.
In order words, technology and the human life cannot be separated; society has a cyclical co-dependence on technology. Humans use technology to travel, communicate, learn, do business and live in comfort.
Technology can be referred to as the scientific knowledge to the practical problems we are experiencing in the world today.
It is impossible to explore how advanced technology has impacted our lives and how it will impact the future. The way we use it determines if its impacts are positive or negative as technology impacts the environment, people and the society.
For instance, we can use corn to make ethanol and this ethanol can be used as fuel. Fuel can be used to run machines and cars. However, if we decide to shift large quantities of corn meant for food production to fuel production, we would be left with small quantity of corn. Which means insufficient corn for consumption.
Looking at the example above, technology by itself is not harmful, but the way society uses it to achieve specific goals is what results into negative impacts.
Humans need energy to process products in factories, to run cars, to light homes and run technological machines like computers, but the only way we can do this without affecting the environment, is by shifting from exhaustible energy sources to renewable and inexhaustible sources like Solar / Wind energy.
Furthermore, infrastructure in the society has grown with the help of science and technology. Modes of transportation like electronic railway lines were realized and these as benefited the society by offering a better means of transportation.
Also, technology is making it so that there is an easier way for the poor to gain wealth. Before the age of information technology, the rich people had exclusive access to information. It kept the poor in the dark so they could not get the secrets to success in business. Thereby, making the rich remain rich and the poor remain poor. But with the invention of the internet, information has become more accessible to the poor.
In order words, science and technology has contributed largely to the vision of man about himself.
However, technology has also caused us concerns. Its poor application has resulted to the pollution of the environment. Therefore, we must learn how to use technology the right way.
For me, technology is now part of our world today. It has greatly helped us to become more efficient thus increasing our productivity. We can now save time and money with the use of technology.
It has also worked well in bringing unity into the world by turning it into a global village. Which has in turn helped people overcome cultural, and racial differences.