There has been much discussion about – or backlash against – the latest technological advances. In the UK the Government recently commissioned a review of the use of data and information technology for the public good, to determine whether the need for reform had become justified. But what does the evidence actually say?
There has been much debate over the last few years about the impact of new technology on the workplace. For instance, we have heard about the impact on jobs such as emailing and instant messaging (in particular). But there has also been much debate on the impact on productivity in offices and workplaces. Some of the most important technology innovations in recent years have been the introduction of software to automate tasks and increase efficiency.
The impact of new technologies in the workplace is one of the most debated in recent time. But does this mean that we should worry about the impact of new technology on our society, in terms of our health and welfare? The answer is no, because technology is here to stay and will continue to improve and be a fundamental part of daily life for the next few decades.
In today’s society, technology is used by everyone from students to business professionals. The use of software can automate a multitude of tasks and make the job of many people easier. Indeed, in some respects technology has played a key role in the growth of society. If it weren’t for computers, why do we live in the modern world? The answer is quite simple, the internet.
So the argument can be made that if you do not have the internet then you are missing out on something very valuable. If you are one of the many people who do not have the internet then you are being deprived of a huge amount of opportunities. Indeed, the development of the internet has led to significant changes in the way businesses are run. Today we can find businesses that are entirely dependent upon the internet to run themselves successfully, and even large organisations such as G4S rely upon the internet to run their businesses.
It is very unlikely that future technological innovations will bring about major changes in the way we live our lives. But this does not mean that technology is a problem, but rather that it provides a wealth of opportunities to help us make better use of the resources that are available. and make life easier for us. There are opportunities in every area of life.