Background and Analysis

Technology, in my very own opinion, is the guiding light of humanity. For all intents and purposes, the majority of this pertains to computerized technology.

We all generally know what technology is, a means of using tools to our advantage to allow us to better adapt to situations at hand. Technology means much more than being able to make arrows out of sticks and stone. For many, it controls their very way of life. Corporations do not work without functioning technology and even professors will cancel class if technology is not cooperating. All IU students are familiar with Oncourse and Onestart. Every year, these Graphical User Interfaces (I use Wiki, because they link to many pictures–which is good than a text only explanation for something graphical…) for IU’s bureaucracy get more complex, and change as often as students and faculty learn the system. The more complex technology becomes, the more people are turned off to the new system.

There are many who disagree with the technological movements of society. Historically, one of the most well known group are the Luddites, a British faction which opposed textile industrialization. The Luddites were well known for using force to turn back the cogs of time. Today, we see this unwillingness to believe in technology as it becomes more complex. To learn more about the Luddites, you should go here. (Also interesting, is Neo-Luddism.)

Today, like it or not, technology is shaping the way our daily lives work. Over the summer, Indiana University made a complete transition over to Windows Vista, and is currently working on employing the entire campus with Wireless. It is impossible to deny that our very existence is controlled by technology when we cannot leave the home without it. Everything from Banks to Shopping Malls, to restaurants now use computerized systems. Amazingly enough, the technology is only noticed when it begins to fail.

This blog exists for the purpose of looking elsewhere in the world to see what adaptions of technology, new or existing, are springing forth. With a look at only what is popular here, we learn nothing. But elsewhere–our horizons are broadened.

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3 Comments

  1. Pazhar said,

    True, true. Technology is everywhere I agree. It almost infects every minute of or life. Example walking to class listening to your iPod or talking on your cell phone. Even the classrooms are infected by technology. Power points stimulate our minds everyday (on a college campus– if you go to class). We don’t even realise it sometimes but we are surronded by it in everyday life, no matter what you are exposed to.

    ~Pazhar

  2. abormann said,

    I think is a very intereting topic because I never would have thought of it as an issue. Technology is just a daily part of life. I don’t usually think about it in a global sense because I only have access to the technology here, in the U.S. The only time I really think about technology globally is when I read articles about how some company where ever came out with a new “life-changing” technology. I read about it, think about my opinion on it (“that’s amazing!” or “why would anyone want/need that?”), realize it won’t ever be useful or won’t be in common use for 10 years, and don’t think about it much more. Technology is a part of the life and views of other countries though.

  3. Caitlyn Lee said,

    NIce choice of a topic. It was interesting reading about googles implentation of a kill switch. šŸ™‚

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