Technology: Blessing or Curse?

Technology is in our pockets, our homes, and shaping our world faster than we can always keep up with. It connects us across the globe and holds the promise of solving our biggest problems. But is it making our lives truly better?

Let's get into it:

Automation & Work: Assembly lines are now run by robots. Self-driving cars are on the horizon. How does the future of work look, and are we prepared for the disruption it will cause to the economy?

Social Media: Friend or Foe? We get birthday reminders and can share moments with faraway loved ones thanks to social media. But, are we getting more lonely despite this connectedness? Does it make us hate each other more?

Playing God: Medicine vs. Enhancement Prosthetics help people regain abilities, but where's the line between restoring function and creating superpowers? Will "designer babies" engineered for strength or intelligence be the next frontier?

What do you think? Is technology taking us forward, or pushing us dangerously close to something we can't control?

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  • Yes, it's both. It's a neutral tool that helps as well as harms. One person can do so much more. Also, now he can lay off his entire staff because who needs 'em. Most work will soon be obsolete. The only way forward is UBI. Corps will have to pay taxes to pay us so we can pay them for phone service or whatever else. You can write a tearful desperate post about how you keep going to the hospital and 37 doctors can't help you and think your faking your pain. Then some stranger can reply "sounds like you have Elmore's Syndrome. Eat more olives." Problem solved, and you meet thousands of people that know exactly what you have been going through alone for so long. Also, that same stranger now believes the Earth is flat and he is willing to hurt people who say otherwise. 40 years ago, many disabilities would leave you warehoused in a hospital permanently because you could not do anything anywhere else. Just useless. Now, if you can still twitch your eye a little, you can become a NYT best selling author multiple times over. If it is something humans can naturally do, like walk, restoring function. If it's anything more, it's superpowers. Like that cyborg with the bowl cut and antenna that hears colors. Useless superpower. A technopseudosynesthete. That enhanced steroid olympics may be fun to watch as people shatter records and explode their hearts. Just ill advised. Designer babies is kind of eugenicsy. It's fine to choose eggs and sperm that cannot get cystic fibrosis or whatever to avoid suffering, but beyond avoiding defects it gets fuzzy. Then, you my have factions of the enhanced engaging in snobbery and bigoted prejudice toward the Norms. Another caste system separating the rich and poor.

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  • Yes, it's both. It's a neutral tool that helps as well as harms. One person can do so much more. Also, now he can lay off his entire staff because who needs 'em. Most work will soon be obsolete. The only way forward is UBI. Corps will have to pay taxes to pay us so we can pay them for phone service or whatever else. You can write a tearful desperate post about how you keep going to the hospital and 37 doctors can't help you and think your faking your pain. Then some stranger can reply "sounds like you have Elmore's Syndrome. Eat more olives." Problem solved, and you meet thousands of people that know exactly what you have been going through alone for so long. Also, that same stranger now believes the Earth is flat and he is willing to hurt people who say otherwise. 40 years ago, many disabilities would leave you warehoused in a hospital permanently because you could not do anything anywhere else. Just useless. Now, if you can still twitch your eye a little, you can become a NYT best selling author multiple times over. If it is something humans can naturally do, like walk, restoring function. If it's anything more, it's superpowers. Like that cyborg with the bowl cut and antenna that hears colors. Useless superpower. A technopseudosynesthete. That enhanced steroid olympics may be fun to watch as people shatter records and explode their hearts. Just ill advised. Designer babies is kind of eugenicsy. It's fine to choose eggs and sperm that cannot get cystic fibrosis or whatever to avoid suffering, but beyond avoiding defects it gets fuzzy. Then, you my have factions of the enhanced engaging in snobbery and bigoted prejudice toward the Norms. Another caste system separating the rich and poor.

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    Most replies here — they take the same position, using different examples.  I went the anthropological route.  I resisted the temptation to include my favorite "Fire Bad!" animated gif. lol