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The Future of Technology

Ahh, technology is so powerful, so incredible, yet so scary. These are my initial thoughts
on the Ted Talk by Mr. Chuck Nice. His talk was all about the consequences of misusing
technology. His way of explaining was through funny examples. We can either laugh about it or
reflect upon it. Technology continues to bring a world full of possibilities to all of us. Through
the years, every creation of technology has never failed to impress us. Technology has allowed
people to build devices that will help in transferring information easier (Aging in Place, 2020).
But with people in too much control, we may be misusing technology. Technology can be the
answer to all our problems, as long as we use it with wisdom and understanding.

Driver-less vehicles, social media, robotics, artificial intelligence, and biotechnology,


these technological advancements were too impossible to happen before. We became too
authoritative of the power technology has, that we show certain behaviors that are not
necessary. Isn’t it funny how we use social media as our world revolves around it, around these
applications, around our gadgets? Just like what Mr. Chuck Nice said, “Social media was one the
future of you. But now, social media is you.” It is also funny to see how teenagers nowadays
spend most of their time posting, sharing, and tweeting non-sense things on social media but
forget their responsibilities as a student, a child, and a wise social media user. Just two years
ago, we were posting about four to five times to our Facebook accounts and posting tweets
about 14 times per day (Lua, 2018). Even though it is funny to hear all of these, it can get very
alarming at some point. It makes me wonder, are we using social media to its purpose? Or are
we just taking advantage of the authority and the power that social media gave to us?

Technology has made us so dependent on it that sometimes we forget the true meaning
of why we develop things using technology. We became too in control of the power technology
has, that we show certain behaviors that are not necessary. Isn’t it funny how we use social
media as our world revolves around it, around these applications, around our gadgets? Just like
what Mr. Chuck Nice said, “Social media was one the future of you. But now, social media is
you.” It is also funny to see how teenagers nowadays spend most of their time posting, sharing,
and tweeting non-sense things on social media but forget their responsibilities as a student, a
child, and a wise social media user. Just two years ago, we were posting about four to five
times to our Facebook accounts and posting tweets about 14 times per day (Lua, 2018). Even
though it is funny to hear all of these, it can get very alarming at some point. It makes me
wonder, are we using social media to its purpose? Or are we just taking advantage of the
authority and the power that social media gave to us?

Another incredible but very scary advancement is the field of biotechnology. From the
discovery of cures for incurable diseases to granting unfertile couples healthy children, and to
grow food filled with nutrients, biotechnology never fails to impress. For example, in agricultural
biotechnology, genetic modification can create specific crops that can grow to certain conditions.
Farmers can now plant crops on bad soil or dry soil. They are also able to produce crops that
have higher nutrient content, higher shelf life, and a greater quantity (Suico, 2018). Genetic
modification also allows parents to change the genetic makeup of their offspring. From the
video I watched, it is funny to see a white and fair-skinned baby have actual parents who are
black. People can get caught up in this opportunity and do crazy things out of their willingness.
According to past observations, China expressed its aggressiveness towards ignoring bioethical
standards. Beijing, in particular, was rumored using CRISPR and other forms of technology to
create their version of super soldiers. This information is likely to tempt other military forces in
the west to do the same thing (Anderson, 2018). Biotechnology may be truly amazing, but it
can be seriously scary if misused.

We all know how much technology has done for us, considering the different
advancements that contributed to the betterment of our lives. However, we also continue to
face problems because of people who misuse technology in many forms. People created social
media to be a bridge that connects us wherever we are. It is also a form of socializing and
creating new friends and bonds. But as these things become a habit, we slowly create a world
revolving around social media, around socializing, around our gadgets. We tend to forget our
chores and studies. And worst of all, we tend to forget about authentic communication with the
people around us. Sherman (as cited in Hurley, 2019) pointed out a small study of teens aged
13-18 years old from the UCLA Brain Mapping Center. The study found out that teens who
receive more likes on their photos posted on social media feel more rewarded and accepted by
people. On the other hand, I also mentioned the main advantages of the field of biotechnology.
Given the happenings in China, we can say that some people are taking control of this power,
and with people misusing these advantages, some are ready to break the rules and standards
to pursue their selfish acts.

The presence of technology has indeed changed our lives. Through the years, it has
allowed people to create and produce innovative works that continuously helps the world in
facing different challenges in life. Not only does it play a factor with the present, but it also
affects the future. Technology is so powerful. It does not only make our lives less complicated,
but it also does things we never imagine happening. Technology has developed cures for
incurable diseases. Technology has created devices for doing tasks easier. And technology has
helped nations make a living for themselves. Technology is so incredible. Communicating from
distant places was impossible before. But thanks to social media, we can connect to our loved
ones wherever we are and whenever we want. Traveling around the world was like a million-
year journey before. But through the invention of ships, airplanes, trains, cars, and other modes
of transportation, we now have the luxury to visit the wonders of our country and the beauty of
the world. Although we consider technology to be so powerful and so incredible, it can also be
frightening and alarming. We can be too engaged unto it, like how we use social media. We can
also use it to our advantage and do dangerous acts. I believe that it is not the technology, but
us that is frightening and alarming. We are the ones who are responsible for using these
technologies to create innovation. But if we misuse it, we are also accountable for the
consequences. Nature has given us the ability to use technology productively. It is our
responsibility to use it properly and orderly. For it is our future that we are shaping, with the
help of these factors. The future of technology is in our hands.
Sources:

Hurley, K. (2019). Social Media and Teens: How Does Social Media Affect Teenagers’ Mental

Health. Retrieved from: https://www.psycom.net/social-media-teen-mental-health

Anderson, R.T. (2018). Just Because We Can Create Genetically Modified Babies Doesn’t Mean

We Should. Retrieved from: https://www.heritage.org/marriage-and-


family/commentary/just-because-we-can-create-genetically-modified-babies-doesnt-
mean

Suico, J. (2018). The Disadvantages of Biotechnology. Retrieved from:

https://sciencing.com/disadvantages-biotechnology-8590679.html

Lua, A. (2018). We Made These 10 Social Media Mistakes so You Don’t Have To. Retrieved from:

https://buffer.com/library/social-media-mistakes

Evans, C. (2019). The Evolution Of Technology Continues: What’s Next In 2019. Retrieved from:

https://www.digitalistmag.com/cio-knowledge/2019/02/26/evolution-of-technology-
continues-what-is-next-in-2019-06196611

Technology In Our Life Today And How It Has Changed. (2020). Retrieved from:

https://www.aginginplace.org/technology-in-our-life-today-and-how-it-has-changed/

Name: Paulo Emmanuel S. Santos

Section: 1A17

Date: April 16, 2020