Technology What Is It?
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Technology What Is It? By Stuart Introduction Technology What Is It? General term for the processes by which human beings fashion tools and Machines to increase their control and understanding of the material environment. The Term is derived from the Greek words techno, which refers to an art or craft, and logia, meaning an area of study; thus, technology means, literally, the study, or science, of Crafting. As technology evolves, scientist and historians say that technology grows at a geometric rate without respect to geographical limits or political systems. These Innovations tend to transform traditional cultural systems, frequently with unexpected Social consequences. Thus technology can be conceived as both a creative and a Destructive process. Technology has been evolving with us since the beginning of the Prehistoric age, from the simplest off tools of the cave men to the now present future. Electronic fiber optic cables and the computerized artificial intelligence. Technology is Very important in our society, with out it we would not be able to survive in our ever Changing society. Imagine is someone didn't invent transportation. We would have not discovered the other continents. Or not having the technology to cope with our ever Growing population. We would have run out of enough supply of food to feed ourselves. How about if cave men didn't discover fire? We would have not survived even just for a Day. All these things we owe to technology, so we must harness what it has to offer and further improve our society. Inventions That Have Changed Our Lives: Telephone: In the field of communication one of the most famous and useful invention in our modern society is the telephone. Invented by Alexander Graham Bell, he has made our life so much easier and more productive. Saying that he has made an impact to society would be an understatement. These telephones transmit electronic pulses that would then be converted to sound that are comprehendible to us humans, but These telephones are big and bulky and they need wires to transmit these pulses.
Inoculation of healthy people with a tiny amount of material from smallpox sores was first attempted in England in 1718 and later in America. Those who survived the inoculation became immune to smallpox. American statesman Thomas Jefferson traveled from his home in Virginia to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to undergo this risky procedure. A significant breakthrough came in 1796 when British physician Edward Jenner discovered that he could immunize patients against smallpox by inoculating them with material from cowpox sores. Cowpox is a far milder disease that, unlike smallpox, carries little risk of death or disfigurement. Jenner inserted matter from cowpox sores into cuts he made on the arm of a healthy eight- year-old boy. The boy caught cowpox. However, when Jenner exposed the boy to smallpox eight weeks later, the child did not contract the disease. The vaccination with cowpox had made him immune to the smallpox virus. Today we know that the cowpox virus antigens are so similar to those of the smallpox virus that they trigger the body's defenses against both diseases. In 1885, Louis Pasteur created the first successful vaccine against rabies for a young boy who had been bitten 14 times by a rabid dog. Over the course of ten days, Pasteur injected progressively more virulent rabies organisms into the boy, causing the boy to develop immunity in time to avert death from this disease. Another major milestone in the use of vaccination to prevent disease occurred with the efforts of two American physician-researchers. In 1954 Jonas Salk introduced an inject-able vaccine containing an inactivated virus to counter the epidemic of poliomyelitis. Subsequently, Albert Sabin made great strides in the fight against this paralyzing disease by developing an oral vaccine containing a live weakened virus. Since the introduction of the Sabin vaccine in 1961, polio has been nearly eliminated in many parts of the world. As more vaccines are developed, a new generation of combined vaccines are becoming available that will allow physicians to administer a single shot for multiple diseases.
We can do things twice as fast and twice more efficient than we did a century ago. And this makes up for the growing population of the world, so that everyone may have enough to support themselves and satisfy there needs. Technology gives us larger possibilities by giving us ideas that we haven't thought about in the past. We can do more things now that technology has helped us evolve. It further enhances our perspective in the things we do. And makes simpler solutions in the problems we face everyday. It also gives us easier accessibility and mobility. It makes production move faster. Communication more efficient and cost worthy. We can now get information almost anywhere and with this information we get, we use them in our daily lives. But not everything that technology has to offer is good. For every advantages technology gives us it also comes with a subsequent disadvantages. Some of them are the complexities of society. Not everyone can cope with the advancements of technology. These people can get left behind. Everything becomes more complicated and what is expected of us also grows. Life was simpler in the old days. But due to technology everything has become more complex. Another is the increase of indolence in our society. Since everything has become more accessible and more convenient people tend to log off and become lazy. This is a very big problem to us. It decreases our morality and soon we will be so engulfed in it we can't get out from its grip. With better solutions and easier work load comes the over dependence of people to technology. The tend not to think for them selves anymore and let technology take over there lives. This is bad for its makes us the slaves of technology instead of us controlling them they are the ones that control us. Technology is important in every society. But if we insist on using and depending on it a lot it can also destroy us. So we must think for ourselves if it is worth it and use it as we see fit.
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