Using Technology to Improve the Future
Part 1 (in detail):
As addressed in the readings, technology has the potential to both solve global social problems and make them worse. For example, technological devices that can interact with the environment have the potential to reduce world hunger by helping to increase food production in developing countries. However, some technological advancements—such as weapons of war and automated assembly lines—can threaten life through armed conflict, and pollution of the environment can increase poverty by eliminating jobs.
Do advancements in technology pose any direct and/or indirect threats to the global environment? Choose one advancement and provide two examples of direct or indirect threats in your explanation.
Part 2 (respond to a peer’s post): Review the posts of your classmates and respond to at least one other post, offering a substantive comment on that classmate’s position on the issue(s).
Peer’s Post: “Hello class,
I believe that some advancements in technology do pose direct threats to the global environment. I believe that some advancements in weapons are will be a disaster for the global environment. The testing the developing country will perform can destroy fertile land used for produce growth. The land will take decades to recover in order to ever grow food again if it even recovers. This can also lead to poisoned water systems that feed into farms and the drinking water. This will cause poor growing food and this can lead to ill children and adults if the water is contaminated. Another form of advanced technology is that working with communication for the developing countries. The SMS messaging system is a good advancement for developing countries, but this can also be a negative thing for the people of the lands. The access to the location of farmers and farmland to those that will do harm to the environment just to make sure that product and farmers for not making it to the market. SO even though it may be of good intentions, SMS messaging can disclose for more information than the farmers what to let the enemy be aware of.” – Peer
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