The world has been subject to the benefits and detriments of many inventions. Nearly all inventions have been said to be “evil” or “unnecessary”, but do these assessments apply to the invention itself, or it’s possibly irresponsible use by those who have obtained it? It seems to me that anything, from nuclear power to a standard television set can be used in both a responsible and irresponsible manner. Science and technology both have made exponential leaps in the recent past, most of which have improved the standard of living in our country and have even spread to influence our culture and communities. But as some of these inventions ran their course, we warped their original purpose to satisfy our desires of the moment. I do not believe that any inventions are inherently bad; but the manner in which we apply them to a given situation can make them appear good or evil.
The most obvious invention that has been misused by our world is nuclear power. This process of splitting an atom is called fission. When we first split an atom in 1932, amazing new possibilities were opened to the world. Instantly we have a clean and cheap way to harvest energy, an efficient way to power everything from nuclear subs, to the lights in our own homes. In addition to using this power in nuclear reactors, thousands of high-tech and low-tech jobs have been created. Jobs that have helped the world’s unemployment rate decrease. Also, nuclear fission and fusion has helped many countries with power resources. The power harnessed has helped economies develop that otherwise would remain in a state of crippling inefficiency and starvation. It is not a coincidence that four of the five countries that have the most nuclear reactors in the world, have the strongest economies on the planet. But as good as something can seem, inventions can have many uses. One of the uses of nuclear power, are nuclear bombs.
After the discovery of fission in 1932, we created the nuclear bomb. Now all of a...
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