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The Intersection of Life and Technology

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During today’s day and age, technology is all around us. We use technology every day to make our lives easier, more enjoyable and convenient. As technology is becoming a larger part of our lives, the question can be proposed, have we become too reliant on it? 

There is no question that technology yields numerous benefits, increasing efficiency by allowing for tighter-knit communication and granting fast access to information. Some may argue though, that technology reduces the quality of communication. Social media sites like Facebook allow for family members to check up on relatives, though after hearing they are well, seldom see them again. 

With increased use of technology comes potential negative risks. According to a study done by CNN, 50% of teens admit an addiction to their smartphones. Smartphone addictions can also pave the way for worse conditions such as anxiety or depression. These conditions are most likely caused by pressures from social media, increased instances of cyberbullying or inadequate sleep due to constant browsing.  

Along with more tech reliance comes the rise of newer, controversial technology that raises questions regarding moral and ethical implications. Generative-AI, such as ChatGPT, and brain computer implants, such as Elon Musk’s “Neuralink” are among those in question.  

ChatGPT has been branded as “reckless” by many researchers, some even finding that it gave biased or incorrect answers. On top of that, many schools around the U.S. have banned ChatGPT in order to prevent a flood of AI.  

“Neuralink” is a fully implantable, cosmetically invisible brain-computer interface that aims to help people with paralysis communicate by allowing them to remotely control devices using brain activity. However, this is not meant to be the sole function of this device. In the future, Neuralink might help enhance user memory and cognitive abilities, restore user’s motor, sensory and visual functions as well as treat neurological disorders. Regarding the device though, there are major concerns involving its lithium battery and the possibility that the implant’s wires might migrate to other parts of the brain. 

On another note, technology dependence can reduce some people’s ability to think. Now, calculators are used from anything to basic math to tip calculation. Instead of writing information down, many type info in the notes app on their phone. The result of this has been a decline in people’s cognitive abilities, which also increase the risk for developing dementia and other forms of age-related memory loss. 

In short, technology is a beneficial crutch of modern-day society, though when relied on excessively, can lead to negative effects.  

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