Technology and evolution go hand in hand

Conor Flynn, Staff Writer

      Thousands of years ago, “technology” was considered a sharpened stick. Innovation was catching your dinner by throwing a rock at it and hoping for the best. Nowadays, however, technology is different.

      Many items that we consider common would have seemed nothing short of spectacular several millennia ago—items such as books, shoes with shoelaces or pencils and paper. Humans have even taken it a step further by being creative, innovative and resourceful. We now have cars, computers, radios, televisions, microwaves and phones—not to mention air conditioning, Wi-Fi and alarm systems that cities, common businesses and homes have to offer.

      However, many people believe that technology is hindering our evolution by making us slaves to progress, remorseless androids with no emotions. Could this be true?

            In one word: no. According to those against technical innovation, technology is bad and the human race would benefit more by going back to paper messages and maybe some radio at most, living lives with more emotion and more human interaction. Based on their logic, a human would benefit even more by living like our ancestors thousands of years ago: under a rock. Technology has created all of the world we live in, and besides some social and civil issues, it can be a pretty comfortable one.

            We have most information at our fingertips. Cooked food is minutes away by car or seconds away by microwave. Most people have beds under roofs, clothes on their backs and even television to connect them to the happenings of the world. How is this bad? How is this not benefitting the evolution of man?

            Now, it is true that many people spend a lot of their day on the Internet or watching TV, immersed in their phone or on a social network. It is true that the traditionally romanticized aspects of human interaction have been somewhat lost, and certainly mailed love letters are almost an extinct species.

            But let us back up a bit.

            A husband in the U.S. Army, stationed overseas, can now easily talk to his wife living in Michigan face to face. He can talk to her for hours—real human interaction—and be thousands of miles away. A grandson can call his grandmother to thank her for the birthday money from Chuck E. Cheese while she is at home in Olde Town. Is human interaction really dead? How can it be? Technology has only benefitted life and progress for humans and will continue to do so for many more millennia.