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Exploring the Impact of Technology on Society

Luther Riggs

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Technology has revolutionized how society functions on just about every level. It has shaken the way we interact and build relationships down to the very core. It has entirely rethought the landscape of art and creativity. It has energized our economy and workplace to take an entirely new form. It has shifted the paradigm for how we view science and move through the scientific method. These are just a few of the many disciplines and fields that technology has energized. It has reset the undercurrent of how society functions completely.

Technology and Communication

In terms of changing how people interact, technology has provided us with numerous tools to connect people around the world. Social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, have made it possible for people to connect from all over the globe in real-time. This has increased cultural awareness and a new generation of cultural exchange via social media that is entirely unprecedented.

It has also succeeded in bridging individuals who live closer. For instance, through social networks like Facebook, people from within the same community can connect easier than they would in real life. It sparks a conversation or connection, which can be invaluable in connecting people with similar interests or opening a dialogue on important matters. On social media, voices are equalized in a way that has never been seen before, which provides the opportunity for those whose views are usually eroded to be heard.

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Often, however, people attribute the revolutionized form of social communication as one of the negative effects of technology on society. The argument is that it is distancing people, causing them to rely more on impersonal social media communication and not develop their interpersonal communication skills. This is why it is essential to find a balance. To use social media and technology as an augment to social relations, an enhancement, instead of a replacement.

Technology and Art

Art has also been impacted and revolutionized by technology. The Modern Art Movement has emerged as a product of technological changes in society. Technology allows for different types of media and a different combination of human interaction with media in the art-making process. For instance, a particular piece that largely epitomizes this combination is called “Digital Revolution”, which opened in London’s Barbican Centre. The exhibition celebrates the positive and negative effects of technology on society since the 1970s. It brings together art from filmmakers, designers, visual artists, and musicians who push the envelope of their fields through digital media.

Many new genres of art have also been explicitly developed through the intersection of technology and society. For instance, digital collage, photo painting, vector drawing, and pop art have all been made possible through the impact of technology. They have emerged to define the art of the contemporary era uniquely and will continue to do so as we keep sharpening the tools and technology we develop.

Technology and the Workforce

The workforce and its culture have also been irrevocably altered in response to the effects of technology on society. Job and career platforms liked LinkedIn, Indeed, and Monster, have made it possible for companies to recruit unique talent from a much wider geographic area. This optimizes the range that companies can search for talent, and results in more efficiency with their recruiting process, as they are no longer geographically limited.

Technology also has resulted in workers being more productive than they have ever been as a product of the tools that are now available. It expedites combination through systems such as Skype, allows employees to work together even afar, and increases the speed at which business occurs. It has also changed the job market as a whole by expediting and globalizing skills acquisitions. Workers can develop skills through online classes and programs, and through the information available online, that would have been much harder and more exclusive to pick up in the past.

Although this demonstrates the positive effects of technology on society, it also makes certain aspects of the workforce more selective. Workplaces expect employees to have a higher amount of skills and competencies as before, which is why the liberal arts model of education is becoming increasingly possible. It is much more the culture to learn a variety of skills and use those in a job to collaborate than to specialize in one skill, as was often the trend previous to these sorts of technological impacts on society.

Technology and Science

Lastly and perhaps most dynamically, to look at technologies effect on society in science. Science and its intersection with technology have formed the basis for change and advancement in just about every other field. The future technological effects on society are so potentially vast that they are often unimaginable. Science is an extraordinarily broad field and one that is impossible to explore within this article thoroughly. However, it is necessary to acknowledge how technology has impacted our understanding of our world, the universe, and the human body.

We have been able to understand planet earth like never before due to technologies effect on society. We have been able to build drones, GPS, and GIS programs that let us survey the earth at an unprecedented speed and to an unparalleled depth. We have build robots and machines that enable us to access the deepest depths of the oceans and the highest points of mountains alike. We have built satellites, telescopes, drones, that allow us to explore and access the galaxy and solar system like never before.

In terms of the human body, technology has revolutionized the way we access the human body and move about the medical process. We have CT scans, MRIs, ultrasounds, and X-Rays that enable us to reach new lengths of diagnosis at unprecedented speeds. We have new treatments that are based on 3D printing, the processing of significant data, and remote monitoring technology. We have mobile apps that can monitor and track sleep patterns, research treatment, monitor blood sugar, and heart rate.

The extent of technological progress and how technology affects society is so extreme that this article is just the beginning. There is so much more to come, and so much more that we are doing now. It is exhilarating to imagine precisely how we can continue to better the world and society through the advantages of technology and people in collaboration.

Luther is a professional Software Engineer and passionate technology Blogger. His main area of research is Software and Business Development.

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