In 1970’s society assumed technology would be so advanced that there would be flying cars

In 1970’s society assumed technology would be so advanced that there would be flying cars, smart homes and even robots doing human jobs. Now, it is 2018 and it is true that if technology goes further, soon smart homes and robots will be considered common and normal. There are many pros and cons to technology and its role in society. The challenges people face with the fast advancement of Technology is: it hinders learning and social skills for the current generation and generations to come; it makes people less likely to do certain tasks on their own since they rely on technology to do it for them. The advancement of Technology is happening at such a fast pace, that humans are beginning to rely more on technical equipment for answers and less on their own memory and knowledge. On the other hand, technology can make tasks effortless for people, assisting in areas that people would normally struggle and take more time to figure out on their own.
This generation is known as the more advanced one, one that focuses on technology advances to live properly. But technology may not always be such a positive thing. According to the article “Dial versus Digital” “You see time as space and not as numbers. In a digital clock, however, time is measured only as numbers,” Relying on technology such as a digital clock rather than a regular dial clock can cause a block in education since it would be harder to understand the number system. People that use a digital clock would not be able to use the phrases “quarter past ten” because that requires simply looking at the clock. It would be a loss in the education system since phrases and learning the number system in an easier way would be overlooked.
Another overlooked thing in society is the fact that humans rely more on technology now than ever before. Mini robots’ clean kitchens, sweep up floors, wash the dishes, turn book pages and even remind about important dates in calendars. It is possible that if society continues this path then the future could turn out to be just as dark as the dystopian world Harrison Bergeron describes. Bradbury states in his story “Today is August 4, 2026,” said a second voice from the kitchen ceiling,” in the city of Allendale, California.” It repeated the date three times for memory’s sake. “Today is Mr. Featherstone’s birthday. Today is the anniversary of Tilita’s marriage. Insurance is payable, as are the water, gas, and light bills.” The author was trying to show that the homeowners of the house must have relied on the technology a lot. When the technology had to remember for the homeowner’s sake it shows just how much it knows and how humans cannot even remember for themselves. The characteristic or trait that they are losing is memory and intelligence. For example, most people rely on a GPS to get them from one place to another, they no longer rely on paper and old tools like a map. People will have trouble remembering important things because they are relying on having this information stored in their phones and devices instead.
Aside from negatives, there are positives such as technology making life’s daily tasks easier. According to There Will Come Soft Rains, “the rooms were a crawl with the small cleaning animals, all rubber and metal. They thudded against chairs, whirling their moustached runners, kneading the rug nap, sucking gently at hidden dust. “The story was not so specific on the homeowners but if the homeowner were a disabled person then the technology could have helped them out tremendously. The special needs or disabled can really benefit from advances in technology because if a disabled person needed to travel somewhere, they have an option of a motorized wheelchair.
In conclusion, the fast advancement of technology can provide benefits such as giving people the ability to connect from anywhere around the world, this is seen as a positive benefit for people that are constantly on the go and need to work far from home. The ability to send an email, report or message instantly allows people to be productive even when they are outside of their office or home. However, the biggest challenge we will continue to see as technology continues to advance, is the lack of human touch and physical connection with each other.