HUMAN VS TECHNOLOGY

Human is one of the most powerful creatures of the universe. To learn more and strive for the best is always the priority of human. We are now heading towards the most technical era of all times. Recent inventions of some smart tools and gadgets have made us dependent to technology. We while using the tools are now becoming tools ourselves. Today technology is growing so fast and this rapid development in the Artificial Intelligence, Nanotechnology and Robotics is now proving as a threat to humanity. The smart tools have made the life of humans more stressful and depressive. At the same way there are some amazing benefits of technology to the humans in every aspect of life.

This research has been done in order to know the influence of technology on humans. To know, istechnology the reason behind making our professional lives more stressful and depressed? Also, the impact of technology on the people of Oman will be evaluated in this research.

LITERATURE REVIEW

Paul Armstrong discussed the present condition of humans and the technology globaly, in an interview on technology versus humans. According to him, development in the technology is exponentially increasing beyond the limits and soon there will be some robots and gadget who will be like humans. More he said, at that time humans must decide if they want to merge with the machines or not(Frobes, 2016). That is one of the most alarming situations for humans. Later on he claimed that the clouds we are using today are basically the brain extenders. There will be wearable brain extenders in the future and humans will not imagine being without these extenders. Similarly, in five more years voice control will be in trend and typing will be outdated by the speaking tools. Some brain compatible computers are waiting to be in trend within the human environment(Armstrong, 2017).

The emerging interest in games, social media website and chatrooms has lessened the physical interact of human that is one of the most important reason that we do not how badly the technology is affecting our lives. Similarly, the new innovative applications like Siri and Alexa has changed the way to live life. People are going more towards technology. According to recent studies, about 6% of Americans will lose their jobs due to robots in 2021. Similarly, 35% of jobs in the UK will be eliminated due to Artificial Intelligence by 10 to 20 years(Cutover.com, 2019).But according to many, there are more jobs openings now due to the technology and human can regain their roles by focusing from now own. There are always humans who are behind these robots and AI systems.

In (Abuiyada, n.d.) author discussed the internet effects on the family members of Oman. The conclusion was based on both the negative and positive effects of the internet on a family. The Internet has positive effects on the family but at the same time, it has to implant never-ending negativity on the people, their behavior and their religion. Many people claimed that the internet is used to excess unethical and harmful sites.

In 2017 a survey conducted in Oman on the topic disruptive technology creates more jobs then it destroys in the energy industry over the next decade. 66% of people agree with the statement while only 34% of people disagree with it. That depicts that according to the people there is much more space for humans in the workforce than that of robots. In the Gulf Intelligence Survey eve of Oman, they came to result that while talking about the middle east the technology will be able to create more jobs in the next 10 years. About 200 stakeholders of oil and gas were gathered in Masqat including Occidental of Oman and Shell, Petroleum Development Oman and Development Oman to identify and create the strategies to avail the emerging disrupting energy technologies(Oman Observer, 2017).

DISCUSSION OF RESULTS

This research is about human versus technology. Following are the aim of this research:

  1. To talk about the nature of the influence of technology on humans.
  2. Impact of technology in our professional lives
  3. The impact of the technology on the work of people

This survey has been conducted with the help of a questionnaire having some interesting questions (see appendix). The questionnaire was distributed to 10 respondents. The results of this survey are discussed below.

Table 1. Demographic information on the respondents

Gender Age Employment Social Status
Male Female 18 – 25 25-35 35 + Employed Unemployed Student Other Married Single
5 5 2 4 4 5 2 2 1 6 4

Given table depicts the demographic information of the respondents. Totalof ten respondents was here (five male and five female). Two respondents belong to the age group between 18-25 years, four belong to 25-35 years of age and the remaining four are 35+. The table also shows the employment and social status of the respondents.

Table 2. General questions and the response of the respondents

No. Statement Answers YES NO
1 The usage of technology is increasing day by day. 10 0
2 Technology is having a positive impact on humans. 4 6
3 There are more negative impacts of technology than that of positive ones. 6 4
4 Technology is making our lives stressful. 7 3
5 Omani people are getting more involved in technology 8 2
6 Is Technology having a great impact on the workplace of Oman? 7 3

Here are the results of some of the basic questions that were depicting the human versus technology point of view in the questionnaire. All ten respondents agree on the point that the usage of technology is now increasing day by day. According to 4 out of 10 respondents technology is impacting humans positively that means that more people believe that technology is somehow harmful to humans. Majority of people agree on the point that technology is making our life stressful and depressed. Eight out of ten people agree that Omani people having more interest in technology as the world is moving fast in the race of science. Seven people agree that technology is impaction the workplace of Oman.

Table 3. Questions more related tothe profession

No. Statement Answers Yes                  No
7 Do you think technology has made the work easier (in your professional life)? 8 2
8 Do you think there should be more robotic and Intelligent gadgets at your place? 6 4

Later own we came to know that respondents do agree on the fact that the technology had made their work easier, but only two people think that technology is failed in making their work easier. Eight out of ten people agree that technology has made their work easier on and 6 out of ten people think that there should not be robots at their places.

Table 4. Major question of the questionnaire

No. Statement Answers Yes     No
9 Is technology more efficient than humans? 1 9

Most importantly the majority still think that humans are much more efficient than technology. That is one of the hopes and you can say belief of human on their selves. There is somehow a chance for a human to control the technology and do not allow it to go beyond the limits.

Table 5. Results on the usage of technical devices

No. Statement Answer
About four Hours More than four hours Less than four hours
10. How many hours do you spend using any technical device at your workplaces/institutions? 3 6 1

In the survey, there is only one person who spent less than four hours on technological devices in his workplace that means Oman is going forward towards the technology rapidly.

Explanatory Question:

According to your point of view, who is superior today? Humans or Technology? Why?

Majority of the respondents responds that no matter what the situation is Humans are always superior to the technology. They believe that technology is created by humans and they can control it whenever they can. But at the same time, humans must be as much independent as they can to the technology for their happy, easy and peaceful life. According to them, technology is the main reason behind the loss of peace from the world.

CONCLUSION

Today, No one has time to think and act upon the humanity everyone is busy in the virtual race of technology that will lead us towards the dark well. According to the survey results, the majority of the respondents responded that technology is having harmful impacts on humans. There are various threats and danger to the human with the enhanced technology era as a human is now more dependent to technology than before. At the same time technical devices are making work easier, hence their usage is increasing day by day. In some of the professions using technology is mandatory and has lots of benefits and ease of excess towards the difficult tasks. According to the responders their forefathers were luckier that them as they didn’t face these types of technical stress. But they think that there are also many major benefits of technology to humans. Almost all of them agree that in any case, humans are more powerful than technology.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Abuiyada, R. a. R. S. a. E. A., n.d. The effect of internet usage on relations between members of the Omani family in the Dhofar region. Asian Social Science.

Armstrong, P., 2017. Disruptive Technologies: Understand, Evaluate, Respond. 1 ed. New York: Kogan Page.

Cutover.com, 2019. People vs. Technology: Why Do We Still Hire Humans?. [Online]
Available at :https://blog.cutover.com/people-technology
[Accessed 2019].

Forbes, 2016. Technology Vs. Human – Who Is Going To Win? An Interview With Gerd Leonhard. [Online]
Available at: https://www.forbes.com/sites/paularmstrongtech/2016/08/17/technology-vs-human-who-is-going-to-win-an-interview-with-gerd-leonhard/#24263beb49cd.
[Accessed 2019].

Oman Observer, 2017. Technology to create more jobs than it destroys in the ME: Survey. [Online]
Available at: http://www.omanobserver.om/technology-create-jobs-destroys-survey/
[Accessed 2019].

QUESTIONNAIRE

Human Vs Technology

This questionnaire is designed by _______________, a student of _______________________. The results of the survey will be used to complete the assignment in Academic Reading and Writing for _______________.

Gender: Male  Female

Age: 20-25 26-30 31+

Employment Status: Employed Unemployed  Student  Other

Social Status: Single  Married

………………………………………………………………………………………………………

Complete the following table, by giving your opinion whether you agree with the statement or not:

Note: Yes = I agree       No = I do not agree

No. Statement Answers YES NO
1 The usage of technology is increasing day by day.    
2 Technology is having a positive impact on humans.    
3 There are more negative impacts of technology than that of positive ones.    
4 Technology is making our lives stressful.    
5 Omani people are getting more involved in technology    
6 Is Technology having a great impact on the workplace of Oman?    
7   Do you think technology has made the work easier (in your professional life)?    
8 Do you think there should be more robotic and Intelligent gadgets at your place?    
9 Is technology more efficient than humans?    

………………………………………………………………………………………………………

Read the statement carefully and choose the correct option according to your routine

No. Statement Answer
About four Hours More than four hours Less than four hours
10. How many hours do you spend using any technical device at your workplaces/institutions?      

 ………………………………………………………………………………………………………

Please explain briefly:

According to your point of view, who is superior today, Humans or Technology? Why?

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