As people rely more and more on technology to solve problems, the ability of humans to think for themselves will surely deteriorate.
Throughout the history people have been inventing and incorporating new technologies into their lives. We can assume that the number of technologies available to people nowadays is much bigger than that of prehistoric people. However, no one would argue that the ability of modern people to think and make decisions is worse comparing to the ability of our ancestors. Technologies don’t affect the process of thinking itself; they do however make the decision making process much easier allowing us to focus on really important issues instead of being stuck among mundane operations. Therefore, the ability of humans to think and take decisions will surely enhance as we develop and incorporate more and more technologies into our lives. One would argue that the invention of calculators caused people to use these machines to perform even very simple operations instead of multiplying or subtracting numbers in one’s mind. It could probably slightly deteriorate our capacity to perform calculations. But can we substitute the ability to think by sheer ability to perform routine calculations? I think the answer is no since the most prized qualities of people at their workplace are critical thinking ability, acuity at diagnosing problems, communication skills, collaborative skills, and the ability to understand diverse cultural contexts. Technologies can come in handy in all of these issues, thus making people even more efficient. First thing that comes to my mind when I think of technologies is computer. Many people use it to analyze data arrays, create and render elaborate three-dimensional models, computing and predicting protein structure, etc. This technology helps us to perform different time consuming operations in almost no time. However, we can’t say that computer knows what to do by itself. It’s just a machine, a very skillful one of...
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