Pros and Cons of Computer Technology
In the last couple of decades, compute technology has expanded enormously and has become part of our daily lives. Many of us use computers at work, school and even at home. We are at the point where we can not return to our old lifestyles because we have accustomed ourselves to an easier way of life through computers. There are many advantages to working with computers as well as disadvantages.
The implementation of computers in our society has helped facilitate our lives. Computers can help us create and edit documents very easily and can help us speed up work. It is now easier to communicate and send documents through computers at the push of a button. The Internet and E-mail services are just two examples of many features that computers can offer.
There are many benefits that technology can offer but not everyone has the sufficient background or training required. Computer literacy is a demand in today's work force and is mostly affecting the older generation
. The older generation is at a disadvantage compared to the younger generation
that is already being exposed to computers at school. Computer skills are a major issue and will force the older generation to return to school for training. The older generation will have to live with this drastic change and will be forced to adapt to our technology otherwise they will be left behind.
Many people feel that computers have eliminated thousands of jobs. For example, in the "Interview with the Luddite", Kirkpatrick Sale states, "We have an estimated 6 million people who have lost their jobs to automation, or overseas shops, since 1988". Kevin Kelly on the other hand disagrees with Kirkpatrick Sale and states, " It's leading them to study coputers and to learn how to get a job with computers". "The number of jobs created by computers and technology is rally more sizable". I agree with Kevin Kelly on the fact that computers and technology has generated just as many and even more jobs to our society than it has eliminated. I feel that computers do not mean that jobs will be eliminated because we still need people to run these machines but that people need to be trained in a different skill. For example, many years ago the Engineering Industry use to develop blue print projects by hand. Today Engineers use different types of computer software such as Cad Key, Auto Cad, and Micro Station which require cmputer training in the specific software. In actuality, computers software changes constantly and requires users to update their skills. Many people feel that this might be a disadvantage because they don't have the time to update their skills.
There are many other disadvantages that computer technology
has brought upon. I feel that human beings should not incorporate computers into our nuclear weapons. There are many things that can happen to a device that is mechanically and electrically operated. For example, how can we be guaranteed that in case of an emergency our nation will be protected? What will happen if a computer fails to respond in a case like this? I feel it is a crucial issue to consider especially if it means the well being of our society.
Kelly,Kevin. "Interview with the Luddite" The Presence of others 2ds.ed.Lunsford, Andrea A. and John J. Ruszkiewicz.,New York: St. Martin's 1997.