What would you consider your favorite piece of technology today?
|DNA segmenting is part of today's technology|
What stated out as a good thing, may become a nightmare.
Over the last century, there have been an untold number of inventions that fall into the category of technological advances. Consider the way wars are fought, that certainly has been the precursor to many if not most of the modern conveniences we enjoy and which most of us use on a daily basis. Consider the microwave oven, digital thermostats most modern homes now have and use to keep their home in a comfortable state, whether it be for the air conditioner or heater. You simply set the desired temperature, as well as the time of day that you wish that temperature to be set, and voila, your home is cooler at night, and somewhat warmer in the day, whether or not you are sleeping, or awake. These temperatures can be reset, for when you may be gone to work, and in preparation for your return home, as well.
Refrigerators are now made so they defrost themselves, and even recognize when the humidity is high or low, and operate accordingly, helping to prevent excessive ice buildup in the freezer, also helping save electricity, and making the appliance more efficient, thereby using less electricity, hopefully lowering your utility bill.
Today, you might be hard-pressed to find a pay phone, which was not too many years ago, was located at many local gas stations, and many shopping centers, and even smaller convenience stores. They were often broken into for the loose change, and were costly to maintain as well. Now, when you can find a pay phone, it is most often owned an operated by someone other than the local telephone company, and they are getting rather costly to use, as well. Most people nowadays have cellular phones. In many homes, they are the only phones used, with wired phones, quickly becoming all but obsolete. One must wonder how people plan to communicate if those satellites high above the earth are put out of operation, either by someone with evil intent, or maybe even by solar storms, or solar flares, which at times are directed toward the earth. In the past, such solar flares have affected the electrical grids in many large sections of the United States, as well as in other countries, as well. Did you know that if you do still have a home telephone, it is recommended to also have at least one hard wired phone in your home? Your cordless phone will not work in case of a power outage, as it works almost entirely by radio signal. It needs the electric power in order to function, and send radio signals to your headset. The base unit which is connected to the wall outlet, only receives the incoming call and without electricity through the transformer which is plugged into the wall, it is useless. I have my home phone, as well as a cell phone, and I make sure that I have at least one simple hardwired phone to use in case of power failure, or in the event the satellites are nonfunctional for some reason.
|Space view of a hurricane at sea|
Due to all of the above, I would really be hard pressed to choose a favorite version of today's technology as a real favorite. While I certainly take advantage of many things in today's technology, such as my iMAC computer, my HP all in one printer/scanner/fax machine, and accessing news and weather in my area or in the world, I also enjoy my electric rice cooker, slow cooker, electric fry pan, and my Scion car, I also recognize that each one of these things are directly affecting the planet's environment in one way or another.
|Let's not forget those little|
conveniences we all bought
just a few years ago, many of
which are now obsolete.
Still, while the planet becomes more polluted, man continues to dispose of toxins and waste products from searching for the minerals which he uses to produce these modern conveniences, into the land, sea and the atmosphere, killing off many life-forms and sea-life, now putting life of all creation in jeopardy.
Maybe it's leaving the US, but
it is growing worldwide, which
still affects everyone on earth,
in one way or another.