Has technology helped us?”
No Matter where we turn in the world, technology has become a part of our daily lives. We can find technology in businesses, hospitals, schools, communities and pretty much everywhere we turn. Some argue that we are too dependent on technology and as a result we have become isolated rather than more sociable; an example would be our newest generation of children that spend countless hours playing by themselves video games, computer games or sitting in front of a TV for hours. These children rarely interact with others, except through technology. Yet, we also see the benefits such as how technology has brought us closer to each other through webcams, cell phones, and more real-time communication tools. We will review the pros and cons of technology from the beginning of computers until today and why it is a good thing that technology exist, why were better with it then without it. There are many ways that technology has advanced and helped us. The first thing that I can think of is the car that was developed in 1672, of course it didn’t look like the average car that we know today, but that single invention transformed our ability to travel distances. It impacted how we were able to expand cities and even transformed factories through the assembly line process. Another great invention that transformed our society was the first computer, which was developed in 1946. The ENIAC was one of the first computers that ever used in the United States. Although we didn’t know what it was or what it did, it was a great step towards advancements in technology. The ENIAC was announced in 1946, and its purpose was to “calculate artillery firing tables for the U.S. Army’s ballistic research laboratory,” states Wikipedia. Later, more computers were introduced and started changing and more people that were not involved in government started to use them. The development of Apple’s Mac, Dell, Sony, and Phillips were some of the first sold to the public. Now, you can get one of the best computers, which I consider to be a Mac, for as low as $1000 dollars. Now if you want a cheap computer that doesn’t compare to Mac, but is still useful would probably be a Dell that you can get as low as a $300 dollars. Every computer has useful things to the owner, but it depends on what you want and how much you want to spend. It is common to find a laptop in almost every U.S. household and that allows us to connect to the internet, track our expenses, play games, share pictures, talk to people in other countries and work on school assignments. It is amazing how much the computer has evolved and how it has transformed our homes. Ransom E. Olds and Henry Ford were the first in America that developed the car, another important technology that we should be grateful for. Ransom claimed that he first built the first steam car in 1894, later his first gasoline powered car in 1896. Henry Ford was the founder of the Ford Motor Company, the one we know today. Henry being the owner of Ford Company was known to be the richest man in the world, because of how it dramatically changed our lives in transportation. He later started selling his product and building factories in places all over the world, where he continued to use Ford. “He opened Ford assembly plants in Britain and Canada in 1911, and soon became the biggest automotive producer in those countries”, said Wikipedia. Of course in today’s life there are better cars and trucks like Chevrolet, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Jeep, Cadillac, etc. Who knows since technology keeps advancing and changing maybe one day there will be flying cars?
One particular piece of technology that I am personally thankful for and that I enjoy very much is the portable media players or MP3 players. It has transformed how we listen to music and mostly everyone that I know has one. Music as I know was first used as a Big Disc that you would put on a record, then...
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