There is no denying that technology is man’s best friend. But as technology gets more advanced, it is as if the people using it get impeded. The argument that guns, bullets, and bombs are technology could be made, but if the guy behind the weapon does not know how to use it, then he will blow himself to pieces. What that means is if society continues to let the machines get ahead of the people using them, then they are destined for disaster. The technology that exists in 1984 is frighteningly invasive, but still so normal to the Party members. With hidden cameras and hidden microphones, a machine controls every move, either directly or indirectly. Every person was being watched by the telescreens: “The telescreen received and transmitted simultaneously. Any sound that Winston made, above the level of a very low whisper, would be picked up by it, moreover, so long as he remained within the field of vision which the metal plaque commanded, he could be seen as well as heard,” (Orwell,1984, Chapter 1 Section 1) and they have come to accept it. This is what society is heading towards: total control by technology. Thankfully, there are some people who know how to use technology to their advantage, like Marcus from Little Brother, who says, “Computers can control you or they can lighten your work – if you want to be in charge of your machine you have to learn to write code,” (Doctorow, Little Brother, 43) when he and his friend get to work on some programming. But even then, Marcus points out that computers can be in charge sometimes. There may be those who can use technology appropriately, but finding someone who uses it in moderation would be a tricky task. The “Evolution of Man” is humorous only because it is so true:
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With computers and cell phones and radios and TVs and touchpads and online education and online careers and online lives, once the hole is dug, there is no climbing back out. The world of education – which is essentially the world where it all begins – is changing dramatically, shown in this comic:
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It is all too easy to speed through life because of technology that people often forget to stop and think before they click. Gadgets get handier as people get lazier, microchips get smarter as people have higher expectations, and machines get greater as people get smaller. Society is getting smaller. With instant connections to anyone anywhere and instant access to information comes instant viruses and instant liabilities as well. That is the thing about data – sure, it is useful when it is needed, but because data is so easily transferable, ANY data is so easily transferable. People are relying on data and technology too much for it to be safe, and they have not learned how to stop. There is danger on the internet. There is danger in depending on bytes and a solid internet connection for every little action. If people do not slow down and take a break from their technological obsessions, then there is no doubt that society will be overrun by machines.