Will Technology Make Us or Break Us?
By Magdalena Fladl, 13.03.2018, Approx. 9 min reading time.
“Within thirty years, we will have the technological means to create superhuman intelligence. Shortly after, the human era will be ended.” When we think about technology and what impact it has on our lives we most likely come to different conclusions. Some might think technology will solve every problem in our lives while others fear that technology will destroy us.
Vernor Vinge is an American science fiction author and retired professor, who taught computer science and mathematics at San Diego State University. In his essay “The Coming Technological Singularity: How to Survive in the Post-Human Era”, which was published in 1993, he states that within thirty years we would have the technological means to create superhuman intelligence and shortly after that, the human era would be ended. Even though we might have different opinions on whether technology makes us or breaks us, do we really have a choice?
Nowadays we are part of a society that seeks for knowledge and information, which is accessible for us 24/7. Whether we get our information via smartphones, public screens around town or any other technical device we are urged by curiosity. Technology has changed and the way people communicate, work and learn. Consumers have access to information but also to entertainment as well.
The smartphone use goes beyond routine text messages and phone calls. We use technology to get directions, recommendations and other information related to our current location. Music Apps like Spotify, Pandora and Youtube let us listen to our favourite music while Netflix allows us to watch our favourite movies anytime and anywhere. Especially younger adults are more likely to use their smartphone for something else than texting or calling. However, getting information based on your location is common across all age groups.
Both, businesses and individuals, use technology on a daily basis and there is no question that technology has become a huge part of our daily lives. We use it for communication and education but also for health, travel or business purposes as well.In the past we had to post a letter to communicate with business associates, friends and family, which we all know could take quite some time. Due to the invention of mobile phones and internet and therefore the simplicity of communication nowadays, we are able to use technology and communicate with everyone in a matter of seconds.
We have access to information about anything we want to know at any time, although this has to be faced with caution as some information on the internet cannot be considered as bulletproof. But technology has improved a lot during these past years. Have you ever heard of driverless cars? Silicon Valley celebrates the so-called artificial intelligence and robotics through inventions like driverless cars, which is said to improve people’s life. However, more than 70% of Americans are concerned about a world where cars drive by itself, where machines perform tasks without human decision-making during the process and they are not excited about machines that take over their jobs and responsibilities.
Driverless cars are one of the most recent examples of how automation changes our daily life. Some might think driverless cars are not safe enough but there are actually many positive aspects to driverless cars after all. It has been said that driverless vehicles are safer than cars driven by humans due to the fact that people are often driving a car while they are drunk, falling asleep or they are simply distracted. But the Americans disagree and nobody buys the safety argument behind these driverless cars. 56% of Americans said that they are not willing to ride in a driverless car even if they had the opportunity and that they would not want to trust a machine to judge in a potentially life-or-death situation.
Technology and Human Life
Technology and human life can obviously not be separated. We use technology in our daily lives. We communicate, travel, work and learn with the help of technology. This has made a huge impact on our society. However, there are also some concerns caused by technology starting by the pollution of the environment and the threat this causes to our lives and society, which without doubt calls for a proper use of technology.
“The way we use technology determines if its impacts are positive to the society or negative. For example, (positive impact) we can use corn to make ethanol and this ethanol can be used as fuel. Fuel can be used to run machines and cars which will increase the output of manufacturing industries at a lower cost. (negative impact) However, if we decide to shift large quantities of corn to fuel production from food production, humans will be left with no food and this will cause world hunger which even is a worse situation.” – Use of technology
Benefits of Technology at Work
Even the smallest businesses can benefit from technology by using a software to track clients and document their work. Technology certainly helps organizing the work environment. Documents can be edited easier on the computer, payroll and inventory can easily and efficiently be managed. Most businesses also benefit from marketing and accounting software programs.
Conference calls via Skype or the phone can save plane fare and are easier and more flexible for the employee. Cellphones and e-readers save time and energy and people can take calls on the go instead of having to stay in the office all the time. Business travelers also benefit of mobile messages and emails and of being able to access the internet quite easily while travelling in general. This makes travelling a lot more comfortable because there is no need to carry paperwork around anymore.
There is no question that technology benefits us in our daily lives at work. Whether we choose technology to be a part of our private lives as well is up to ourselves. However, technology improves and makes work easier for us in many ways. Here’s how TimeTac’s Online Time Tracking software solution can benefit your business.
Employee Time Tracking
Our web based time tracking software is accessible via time clock, PC, Mac and smartphone. You can record working times live with a simple click. The online time tracking software also cuts down calculation mistakes. The result is precise time data you can rely on. You can easily manage real time reports and get an overview of your employees’ clocking time and working hours.
Project Time Tracking
With TimeTac’s Project Time Tracking you can track time on projects, tasks, task types and clients and compare the planned and actual project progress. The software allows you to create detailed project and task structures. You can see exactly how much time employees spend on each activity. TimeTac offers reliable and accurate reports where you can see how much time is spent on specific projects and tasks, by different departments and employees, for time frames ranging from one day to one year.
The Leave Management and Holiday Planner software offers all the features you need for the efficient request and process of annual leave and vacation time. Employees can request time off within a second – Managers will receive the request for approval. TimeTac’s Leave Management software solution shows the employee’s entitlement and other absences planned in their department.