Just a little musing on how we take technology for granted today. A lot of people raise the question of whether computers and modern technology really benefits society. When I think of that question, the first thing I think of is that society functioned perfectly well without much of the technology that we deem to be normal and even necessary today. People had forms of entertainment before television, and managed to communicate before the advent of email or even telephones.
But when you really think about it, there is no denying that modern technology, especially the Internet, is extremely beneficial in the sense that it just makes communication so much easier for people with access. And with the number of people with Internet access growing at such a great rate, I don’t think it’s unfair to say that this benefit has permeated every level of society. Yes, it can be, and has been, abused, but it is humans that abuse technology and use them for evil, analogous to the almost-cliched, but true, saying, “guns don’t kill people, people do”.
Everything has its pros and cons; we have to weigh them and take advantage of the pros accordingly. And the advantages of our digital age for communication is far too important to be marred by abuse. Anyway, as hackers find ways to defeat systems, so can security experts who maintain and patch them, to keep problems to a minimum.