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Advantages and disadvantages of technology and computing

(Sent by Esperanza Torres, a student from Madrid, Spain) The development of technology and communications during the last decade of the 20th century has had an important influence in our lives. It has revolutionised the way of working, learning and communicating. But what has changed our life the most is definitely the internet. However, there are advantages and disadvantages. The main advantage of computing is probably that it gives access to the information quickly and easily. It also helps us to do tasks more efficiently. What is more, technology improves the lives of those who have less opportunities and access to education and it contributes to the development of poor or isolated regions in the world. On the one other hand, there are disadvantages. People have to learn new skills since the world of work has changed. As a result, people who can not use computers will not be able to get a job. Besides, we depend so much on computing that if the computer breaks down or there is not electricity we can not work at all. In conclusion, I think the computer chip is probably the most useful invention of the 20th century, in spite of having to face some difficulties to adapt ourselves to new technologies.