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What global connections can you make from being dependent on technology?

Asked by remambermee (442points) May 24th, 2011

I can only think of how America is becoming dependent on it and how it’s affecting present, future, and older generations. I’m finding it difficult to connect it globally. The only thing I can think of is are third world countries going to find it hard to keep up, or are people losing jobs becuase machines can take over. Any ideas or suggestions?

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BarnacleBill's avatar

The US actually lags the rest of the world in cell phone technology; other countries have been using sell phones to transfer money to friends, pay bills, etc. lots of things that the US do by debit card. People have thought for years that computers are going to elimate jobs; the reality is, they create more, but the work is more complex. Every leap in technology means more jobs, and expanded possibilities.

But not everything necessary is technology driven. Technology is a tool.

When I was in college, computers were run by learning DOS programming, and you used 5–¼ inch floppy disks. When I got my first PC, it had half a gig memory. You can now buy a thumb drive 16 times that size for $18. Go figure.

global_nomad's avatar

The simple and most obvious example of how technology affects people globally is the simple fact that it connects people in ways that we’ve never been connected before. Now with programs such as Skype, international business meetings no longer require a plane ticket and conference calls can now be visual as well. There are even internship opportunities for the government that are completely technology based so that the student can fulfill their job from their dorm room between classes. Technology is making it easier for people to connect with other countries without having to leave their own. Will it affect tourism? Probably not so much, but it does greatly affect the way business is conducted. And there are some countries that will be left out if they do not move forward with their technologies.

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