In modern-day society, human beings are almost already cyborgs. Elon Musk, the first and foremost future cyborg investor, has even said it himself. Human Beings are already cyborgs.
The prevalence of technology in modern-day society can be overwhelming, explains Khuram Dhanani. Have you ever lost your phone, and it’s as if you actually lost an arm or a leg? Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night to a text from a friend that you have to check? Have you ever not been able to turn off work because your Slack profile is beeping continuously?
Everyone today talks only about the downsides of technology, and the experiences above are some of the most talked-about downsides of technology prevalent in modern-day society. However, Khuram Dhanani sees that it’s absolutely imperative to realize, technology has done way more good than harm. From a macro-level perspective, technology has helped us evolve in some of the most important ways, both historically and in modern society.
Technology Has Greatly Improved Health
The most significant breakthrough in technology for health was the discovery of penicillin in the late 19th century. Before, humans were dying regularly from a multitude of bacterial infections. For example, if you cut your arm and it got infected, you had a chance of dying. In modern-day society, this obviously is not the case. Penicillin and other antibiotics increased the life expectancy of US citizens at birth by 5-10 years.
In 2022, technology will be involved in almost every sector of health care. From MRIs and X-Rays to the meat we eat, to the ability to track our health in real-time, tech has greatly improved the overall healthcare experience. In addition, devices are in the works which will be able to help us diagnose something years before it occurs, based on our genetic makeup.
Technology Has Improved Communication
Humans are a tribal species, one that needs constant interaction. In fact, many scientists agree that homo sapiens were successful against Homo-Erectus and Neanderthals, other competitive species, because of our ability to communicate and work together.
Communication has never been easier, whether it be a Zoom or a text message. This is particularly important in a world that is very globalized. Even if you live in Equatorial Guinea and your mother lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the ability to communicate is only a Facetime or a text away.
Technology Improves Access to Education
Technology has made it much easier to learn and improved access for those in far-off locations. For instance, for a villager in rural Botswana, having the opportunity to communicate with a Native English Speaker to improve their English was unheard of. Today, digital learning reaches every corner of the globe.
It also dramatically increases the speed of information uptake, shares Khuram Dhanani. In older times, in order to find something out, one had to search in a book. Nowadays, a quick Google around and you have the information within seconds.
Technology Makes Us Safer
Technology has greatly improved the ability of people to protect themselves from harm. One of the most glaring examples of this is the advent of easy surveillance.
Whether you are a cop in London using CCTV cameras, or you have a Ring doorbell on the front door of your home. With technology that allows you easy access to surveillance, security is drastically improved, making us all feel a little safer.
While many complain about the interference of technology in today’s over digitalized world, it is equally indisputable that our quality of life has been improved, with everything from health, communication, education, and safety continuing to improve, the evolution of technology has been and will continue to be a complete game-changer in how we humans live.