Jackson, A., Jr. 1985. High Tech’s influence on Our Lives: Adapting to Change. Vital Speeches of the Day (1 January): 164-166.
The article “High Tech’s influence on Our Lives: Adapting to Change” sheds light upon the exponential growth of technology in societies across the world and the conflict this accelerating growth causes with the natural human aversion to change. In the coming times, people must learn to adapt to the inevitable change that our new age will herald. Though competition between the peoples of the world is recognized as a significant driving factor for these technological advancements, the unrivaled growth of technology humankind has attained in this age owes itself to man’s desire to help the common good as well. With this age where technological advancement holds sway, the article predicts that the knowledge worker will stand over those who use muscles. Those knowledge workers will craft the world through their engineering. The article slowly explores those miraculous advancements humans have attained and further delves into the technological advances that exist only as ideas and hopeful designs. People have brought forth revolutionizing medical concepts such as brain tissue transplants, use of electronic devices to aid the human body, cryobiology, and even organ transplants. These additions to the medical field are only a few of the countless, and there are many more ideas whose concepts are in the process of realization. Further, the article moves onward to show that these advances are not limited to the medical field but stretch out to numerous other areas including but not limited to communication, transportation, entertainment, and energy concerns. With the unimaginable potential of technology, the article warns that it falls to the people to decide the usages of our technologies. At end humankind must learn to accept the ever-present change associated with technology, and accept the accommodation of technology into our daily lives.
I found my article quite interesting, not only for what the author had to say but also for his perspective. I enjoyed being able to see the thoughts about the future from a man living in 1984. In just a few decades, we can look back and see the absolutely vast difference in technology between our two times. Just as the article stated, I agree that people will naturally shy away from the unknown, ever-changing technologies we constantly spit out. Yet once a technology finds its real world application, people are usually willing to accept it. However there are exceptions to every rule, and sometimes it becomes a question of ethics.