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Posted 07 December 2004 - 12:16 AM

WNSO Newsletter, Vol. 1, Issue 3
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By Distant Memory


Technology has empowered the world. The 21st century consists of hi-Tec gadgets and skyscrapers that have overtaken humanity. Even a tiny watch may seem something of minimal value, has control over our thoughts as we now ‘work to the clock’. Technology is everything; everything one sees has been altered ‘mechanically’ to improve life. Five years ago mobile phones would not be seen as an accessory essential for a normal life but now, life would be incomplete without them. Knowledge can be applied to everything that is known, what one does not know is not knowledge one possesses, however, one is able to acquire the knowledge that is available. The knowledge that we possess gives us the ability to judge and analyse various situations that we may come across. It is our knowledge that has enabled us to reach a higher level in the hierarchy in the animal kingdom. Our knowledge has allowed the modern world to develop to this present stage and so we can be considered as the ‘pinnacle of evolution’.

How is knowledge available to us? The main technology that allows the distribution of knowledge is through the mass media. Watching TV, listening to the radio, and through the means of the Internet aids us to create a link with the outside world, bringing individuals closer together. It eliminates the barrier of actually having to be at an event in order to be knowledgeable about what has occurred, therefore allowing us instant knowledge. Technology has advanced in every field, from the electron microscope that allows gaining information and knowledge at a microscopic level, to the satellites, which allows the attainment of the knowledge of the universe.

Technology has expanded our knowledge. It is due to the knowledge that we posses that we are currently leading a very comfortable life, for places where technology is sparse, knowledge too is seen to be some what limited. In countries where technology lags behind, if all knowledge was stored in CD’s and floppy discs, people wouldn’t be able to access it and so in this respect technology limits the acquisition of knowledge. Yet it is the knowledge we possess that has caused technology to develop and similarly technology encourages the growth of the knowledge, they progress simultaneously and it allows new thoughts to prosper. Things that may have been impossible a few years back is more within the realms of possibility.

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Posted 07 December 2004 - 12:16 AM

Technology allows the presentation of information in a vibrant manner, hence information is easier to visualize. As it is more interactive, it appeals to more senses than one. Learning is more enjoyable, and a lot easier and stimulating, therefore people find it rewarding and are thus inclined to acquire more knowledge. Technology has made our lives easier by speeding up various calculations and shortening the workload. Can this be of an advantage to us? The use of technology has allowed easy access to the knowledge at the click of a button, causing apathy within us and taking the charm out of the desire to learn. The advancement of the knowledge has lead to the invention of the calculator, which is a great contribution when it comes to working out mathematical problems and has become an indispensable item. However, it suppresses the ability of our brain to carry out mental maths, especially found as a common problem within the younger generation. If we take the countries where calculators cannot be used to carry out such mathematical calculation, people are far quicker at mental arithmetic. Barely any painstaking retrieval is involved and the exploitation of their full potential is not reached where the use of technology is available. All the technology discovered does lead us to ponder about how the great Egyptians, scientists such as Isaac Newton, and the philosophers, such as Plato managed to lead the world with their theories with accuracy where technology was not available. They seem to possess enough knowledge to make them seem wise, or was all that by chance? This makes one to question whether technology is vital while acquiring knowledge, as it has now led us to take advantage of things that may seem trivial such as electricity, without which the world would more or less be in the dark age.

The Internet enables us to research a particular topic in depth, and is very specific and time consumed is not as much. The Internet is like an encyclopaedia. The information is readily available; the information that we receive is not prejudiced as several people assemble it. Conversely, it can be seen that carrying out research through the means of the Internet, has lead the knowledge that one acquires to be very limited as information offered is very concise, whereas while carrying research from books, it is believed that people are learning more due to the actual process of searching for the required topic. It is also seen that the Internet can be used as a means of escaping reality, where searching for information is used as an excuse to fill in time, hence though the mind is aware of the data, it is unable to register the information due to idleness and knowledge is not gained. It also leads to the idea that the Internet often presents information without emotions being concerned, and the data is written by people presenting their interpretation of issues. As the information is authorized, it causes the person to be stereotypical and hence overtaken by the idea that the knowledge accessed cannot by any means be stated wrong. The effect of this is that intuition and moral judgement no longer exists. As we feel comfortable and confident in technology, are we too trusting of it and less inclined to question things and seek out the truth? Does this mean that we are satisfied with the knowledge we possess and no longer acquire the desire to learn more and enhance our knowledge? Human by nature are inquisitive, the desire to learn more and improve our lifestyle will always be present.

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Posted 07 December 2004 - 12:16 AM

Humans are the ultimate rulers of the world. We possess enough knowledge to destroy it as well as utilise it to make the world a much more harmonised place to live in. However, we have been so engrossed by the hype of the new technology that we have failed to give enough importance to our spiritual well-being. Though we acquire the knowledge to love and respect everyone, see everyone as individuals and accept people for what they are, we are unable to put such knowledge into practice, we refuse to give importance to anyone but ourselves. Being too reliant on the Internet has lead to people to be isolated from the society and lack social skills, hence contradicting the idea that humans are social animals, thus the spreading of knowledge is hindered due to lack of communication. Technology is very influential towards our lifestyle, if what we see is of great liking, there is a desire to be different by imitating the new style, leading all to be a replica of one another. Universal supremacy of technology hence has lead to uniformity of thinking. It’s unfeasible to make the computer to think like humans but to cause humans to think like computers isn’t out of bounds. ‘The real danger is not that computers will begin to think like men, but that men will begin to think like computers’-Steve Harris. We are neither able to use nor value the application of the knowledge, hence logic and common sense is disregarded making us very much robot like.
Technology and knowledge are at par with each other. In this modern world, one is impossible without the other. The perception of whether technology is expanding or limiting the acquisition of knowledge is really down to the individual and how one wants to perceive the world. Where technology is/was not available, people have been able to adapt to what they have and hence use their minds a lot more effectively than be spoon-fed with knowledge. Yet without the aid of the technology, knowledge wouldn’t really be justified but be beliefs and theories passed on through generation or by experience. The contribution of technology is colossal resulting in the vast amount of knowledge that is available to the modern world.

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