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Jingle_Bombs
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Are technological advancement doing more harm than good, and causing society to move backwards

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Started: 10/25/2014 Category: Technology
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Sanaa

Con

Tenological advancements have triggered many positive progressions in today's society. From the developments of many vaccines and suplements in health care, to the prevention and solving of crimes through DNA testing, security cameras and much more. Without these technological advancements we wouldn't be able to live in this civilized democratic society.
Jingle_Bombs

Pro

Technology has ultimately amplified man's capacity for evil, where the many bads of technology outweighs the good. For instance, thanks to the dawn of Information Age weaponry, including nuclear weaponry, man now has the ability to utterly destroy the world in 8 minutes; which is considerbly faster than what it took God to create it!

The 20th century has also been marked as the deadliest in human history; and when you consider technology of the future, the 21st century doesn't look to good either; robots, drones, mass automation, sigularity, cybernetics, artificial intelligence, and human cloning, are all coming to a battlefield near you - that is, if they don't take your job first!

Technology also has the bad habit of opening up the pandora box of ethical issues that I simply would not trust the human race to deal with. I'll spare you the crazy laundry list of examples here -because their are many ways man tries to play God- but there are probably none more profound or urgent then Global Warming.

But for these reasons and more, we can contend that technology does cause society to move backwards.
Debate Round No. 1
Sanaa

Con

I appreciate that fact that not all weoponry is good, but the advancement of these technologies are necessary in order to allow nations to defend themselves. It isn't logical to say that weapons cause wars between nations. these rivalries are inevitable. Humans have had conflicts with each other since the beginning of man.

Also ethical decisions are made based on peoples personalities, thoughts and beliefs. This is not affected by the technological advances in society. A personal choice to be ethical or not is an individual decision which cannot be changed solely by technology.

If anything the advancements in technology are being used as a scapegoat to cover up underlying problems with humans in modern society.
Jingle_Bombs

Pro

Unfortunately, this isn't a debate about whose worse (tech or humans), but is about whether or not technology is a good thing for man.

CON writes:
"If anything the advancements in technology are being used as a scapegoat to cover up underlying problems with humans in modern society."

Then you've just confirmed my point. Advanced technology has allowed man to scapegoat its problems and shrink away from its own sense of moral or ethical responsibility - where a fine example of this might be the violent and graphic nature of video games that promulgate violence, or the extreme nature of some birth control methods that allow a person to abort a child.

Reliance on technology also has the added bonus of creating dependency. I shouldn't have to explain this one too much, but someone who spends too much time on the computer loses quintessential life experiences that are important for areas like career-building, leadership, management, staying active, fitness, making friends, dialogue, and raising a family.

CON writes:
"It isn't logical to say that weapons cause wars between nations."

But several arms races throughout history have proven otherwise, the most famous example being the Cold War where "fear of the bomb" evoked the USSR and the United States into waging proxy wars and building massive arsenals of wmd in order to persevere a nuclear hegemony.

CON writes:
"Also ethical decisions are made based on peoples personalities"

Decisions are made through people, but the opportunities are created by technology. When Dr. Oppenheimer invented the atomic bomb he stated: "Now I am become death, the destroy of words." Which is just a creepy and apocalyptic way of saying "man can now do more evil."

And this statement holds true for even trivial things like "internet addiction" which would be impossible without the invention of the Internet, where a similar approximation could also be said of automobile accidents that might not have occurred had there been no such thing as texting and driving, to finally, something sinister like mass killings that should have been prevented had their been a just ban on firearms.

My original assertion in round 1, that technology increases man's capacity for evil, and that technology ultimately allows man to move backwards, still stands.
Debate Round No. 2
Sanaa

Con

Sanaa forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3
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