Does technology always make life better?

Author: Ying
School: Raffles Institution
Year Written: 2020
Grade: A

Since the Industrial revolution, the use of technology such as machines and smart phones has been on the rise. As technological companies constantly renovate in the pursuit of manufacturing more competent and modern technology to improve the world’s standards of living, life has definitely been made better through the use of modern technology. However, loopholes in technological systems can also be manipulated to obtain crucial information, wreaking havoc and chaos in countries.

Technology makes life better as it facilitates communication through devices such as smart phones and laptops for both individuals and business companies. This can improve individual lives, as there is increased ease of communication, allowing individuals to communicate conveniently within a short span of time. It can also allow for globalisation an expansion of economy as it allows different stakeholders from all around the world to communicate with ease to ensure smooth running of operations and businesses globally. For example, the Internet has allowed for social media communication platforms such as Skype or email for businesses to communicate via face to face or voice calls.

Technology also allows for quick and easy manufacturing of material goods, increasing productivity rates in the workforce and stimulating economic growth. This has, in turn, caused lowering of market prices of consumer goods, benefitting individuals and making their lives better. For example, ever since the combine harvester was manufactured, crops were harvested at greater speeds with greater efficiency, as there was a reduction in the need for human labour. This made life easier for individuals working in the field of agriculture and also stimulated economic growth of the country due to increased productivity rates.

Though some may swear to the notion that technology makes life more difficult as there are several risks involved, I beg to differ. Technology may seem to bring many risks as loopholes in technology may be manipulated in ways such as hacking of computer software to obtain crucial information to wreak widespread havoc in individual countries. For example, a few hackers with malicious intent hacked into the American defence system, posing a threat to the country’s security. However, with proper deterrence measures to ensure the security of online sites, the risks associated with the use of technology can be eliminated. For example, in Singapore, Interpol worked with the government to tighten security of crucial online systems as a deterrence and safety measure against hackers. Hence, though the use of technology can be risky and may cause internal complications, such risks can be avoided through stringent security measures.

In conclusion, technology can make life better if measures are adopted to eliminate and reduce the risks it brings. Government should improve safety measures by enhancing the security of crucial online websites and also enforcing the rules by meting out severe punishments to offenders to deter such crimes.