December 7, 2017
Technology and the Future
There are several different directions the future can go; high tech, low tech, utopia, alien contact scenarios are usually used to depict in literature possible futures. Among these scenarios, there seems to be a commonality—technology. Technology in the modern world has proven to be crucial and necessary. At this rate, technology can become something that humans become too reliant upon, which eventually can become a disastrous problem. Already there has been several security breaches made possible through the internet. However, a world without any technology, at this point, is unthinkable. Technology has been more helpful than not, but a future following the downfall of technology is a possibility.
Humans, as time passes, is becoming increasingly reliant on technology. This dependency may not necessarily be a terrible thing; regardless of how dependent humans are on technology, humans will be human, and that nature will be hard to alter. In his essay, “Last Traces of Humanity,” Abel Hernandez discusses how humans will always want to keep their nature in a world dominated by technology. He specifically uses literature that had high tech instances: “The Onion and I,” “Drapes and Folds,” and “The Logical Legend of Heliopause and Cyberfiddle.” Using “Drapes and Folds,” as reference, Hernandez states, “…this story offers fabric as a symbol for human identity and the separation from mere faceless autonomous machines.” Though technology makes up a big part of human advancement, there are some aspects that it will never change, such as emotions, dreams, and identity.
Technology has helped and will continue to help humans take better care of the planet. Karin Cooper in her essay, “In Denial of the Future,” uses “The Onion and I” to make this point. She states, “…virtual reality gives answer to conservation problems…” If everything that could make people happy was available without the costly, dangerous environmental consequences, the life of Earth could be extended. The world could even become safer as people would be less exposed to danger such as pollution, crime, and transportation disasters.
Technology has been very useful thus far, but what if one day it all comes crashing down? What will happen to our planet once technology becomes ineffectual? In the essay, “Aliens Saving the Human Race from Themselves,” Rebecca Dyda emphasizes that technology has corrupted humanity, which leads to collapse and eventual intervention from aliens. She refers to “Speech Sounds,” giving an insight of a world without technology where people “loses their ability to communicate [and]…in turmoil due to their feelings of jealousy and rage caused by their handicaps and illnesses…” Since so much relies on technology, many things humans are used to using daily will become nothing, leaving humankind to revert to a time without technology. This process will be incredibly difficult and scary. Once technology crashes and becomes obsolete, humans may experience such frustration and despair that they may lose their empathic emotions.
To be completely honest and realistic, this world will be a mess without technology. Humankind has become too dependent on it and if it happens to become obsolete one day, only chaos would follow. Technology has done some good for humans, providing convenient options to difficult situations. Imagining a world without technology is tough and near-impossible. Hopefully, humankind will learn to keep a balance between technology dependency and human nature.