Technology. A common, mundane word that has become frequent in the human language. So common, in fact, that it has a general meaning enveloping various kinds of things in the world. It is often used to describe anything in the modern world because every up-and-coming thing is a new technological tool or advancement. However, do people even consider the origin of the word they use so commonly? The rapid growth of technology in this world has rooted itself in the domestication of the human race.
The origin of technology may or may not be known to most people. A common individual might think that the first technological tool was created with the first humans. However, according to Kevin Kelly, “technology predated our humanness” (Kelly 21). Animals would use technology to create an easier way of getting their food; like using a stick or a rock to retrieve it. Throughout the course of time, humans have taken these basic ideas from other animals and have developed all sorts of sophisticated technological advancements, so sophisticated they almost seem fake. For example, a computer 1,000 years ago would have seemed so strange. However, have all of these advancements over the course of human existence really been advancements for the good of all society?
Technology is not the only thing that has evolved in this world. Humans’ genes have coevolved with our inventions “100 times faster in the last 10,000 years than the average rate for the previous six million years” (Kelly 37). This is not necessarily a good advancement. In other words, we, the human race, have domesticated every part of ourselves. We have “shrinking teeth” and “thinner muscles” and “less hair” (Kelly 37). Therefore, we have created our own destiny and are incapable of life without technology. So are humans being innovative or just trying to be one with technology?
This idea of new technology and advancement are spread in various ways. According to Carey, there are two types of communication: transmission and ritual (15). Through these ways technological advancements can either be used to get people to unite together through it or to try and get people to know about it. However, it may be a little of both. With the increase of flow of communication through time, the more communication of technological advancement and therefore the more we, humans, change. Technology is growing closer to the human population and is so close that one could consider them almost one in the same. With new technologies like Siri for the iPhone and human robots like Sophia being developed, technology is becoming more and more human-like. The inventors of these technologies even give them human names. Therefore, is there a possibility in the future we will completely become dependent on technology; or even the possibility that technology will outdate the human race considering humans are making it have human characteristics?
With this idea in mind, I think we, the human race, should consider this more often when praising technological ‘advancements’. Think about this when you use an app to order food and when you have robots to process human emotions for tasks and take out the very core of humanity that makes us who we are. Is that really an advancement we need in this world?