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Dec 02

Modern Technology Is Changing The Way Our Brains Work

Modern Technology Is Changing The Way Our Brains Work

Human identity, the idea that defines each and every one of us, could be facing an unprecedented crisis. It is a crisis that would threaten long-held notions of who we are, what we do and how we behave.

It goes right to the heart – or the head – of us all. This crisis could reshape how we interact with each other, alter what makes us happy, and modify our capacity for reaching our full potential as individuals. It’s caused by one simple fact: the human brain that most sensitive of organs, is under threat from the modern world.

Unless we wake up to the damage that the gadget-filled, pharmaceutically-enhanced 21st century is doing to our brains, we could be sleepwalking towards a future in which neuro-chip technology blurs the line between living and non-living machines, and between our bodies and the outside world.

It would be a world where such devices could enhance our muscle power, or our senses, beyond the norm, and where we all take a daily cocktail of drugs to control our moods and performance.

Already, an electronic chip is being developed that could allow a paralysed patient to move a robotic limb just by thinking about it. As for drug manipulated moods, they’re already with us – although so far only to a medically prescribed extent.

Of course, there are benefits from technical progress – but there are great dangers as well, and I believe that we are seeing some of those today.

But one vital fact is that the brain is not the unchanging organ that we might imagine. It not only goes on developing, changing and, in some tragic cases, eventually deteriorating with age, it is also substantially shaped by what we do to it and by the experience of daily life. At a microcellular level, the infinitely complex network of nerve cells that make up the constituent parts of the brain actually change in response to certain experiences and stimuli.

The brain, in other words, is malleable – not just in early childhood but right up to early adulthood, and, in certain instances, beyond. The surrounding environment has a huge impact both on the way our brains develop and how that brain is transformed into a unique human mind. Of course, there’s nothing new about that: human brains have been changing, adapting and developing in response to outside stimuli for centuries.

Our brains are under the influence of an ever- expanding world of new technology: multichannel television, video games, MP3 players, the internet, wireless networks, and Bluetooth links – the list goes on and on.

Today’s technology is already producing a marked shift in the way we think and behave, particularly among the young.

Now, coinciding with the moment when technology and pharmaceutical companies are finding ever more ways to have a direct influence on the human brain, pleasure is becoming the sole be-all and end-all of many lives, especially among the young.

We could be raising a hedonistic generation who live only in the thrill of the computer-generated moment, and are in distinct danger of detaching themselves from what the rest of us would consider the real world.

Where there are Advantages and Dis-Advantages of technology in human life (Brain).

Technologies are the essential part of the human life now a days. We are depending for almost everything on these technologies. But is it good to be dependent on these technologies which are making our life simpler to live. But on the other hand technologies in most-jeopardies in human-life.

Advantages of Technology:

  1. It has reduced human efforts. Now human won’t need to perform physical work, most of the physical works can be done easily with the technologies, with some effort.
  2. It has reduced time. Technologies have helped to get the jobs done very quickly in short span of time. Example: computers and calculators could perform complex calculations in fraction of seconds, thus reducing the time required.
  3. Accuracy has increased. The use of technology has reduced errors in the output and the output or the result could be trusted.
  4. It has given us various tools and machinery that could be used for the security purposes.
  5. Technologies have given many lifesaving machinery. This has helped to increase the average human life. Various lifesaving medicines are the gift of the technologies to the humans.

Dis-Advantages of Technology:

  1. Lack of physical work is the cause of many diseases. As the dependency on technologies are increasing, it has reduced the physical work which causes various diseases.
  2. Unemployment has increased. The introduction of technologies has decreased the need for the human power. So there is lack of opportunities everywhere.
  3. On one hand, if technologies have given us machinery for security, then on the other hand it has also given us many modes which are enough for distraction.
  4. Technologies have given us various vehicles, which are polluting our environment and also using our natural resources, like petrol and creating problems.
  5. A huge amount of the countries revenue goes in the process of development of the new technologies, which won’t help the poor at all.

In my belief:

World is growing everyday with technologies. Everyday new technologies are coming in this world and these technologies are changing the life of human beings. Technology is what that reduces the human efforts and makes the task easier for us. Technology has entered into our life so much and has command on our daily life that we can’t even think of spending even a single day without technology. Technology has not only made our life is easy, it has also made us dependent. We can’t do anything without technology. But is this technology really good for us? If it has given us several benefits then side by side it has also created problems several times.

So, we see that technologies have some advantages as well as some disadvantages.

Although we need technologies in every walk of the life, but we need to command ourselves on technologies, technologies shouldn’t command on us.

Ch.Kiran Raja is a Jr. Cloud Architect with Pi DATACENTERS

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