Modern Technology
In an era where human progress is soaring at a dizzying rate, society must adapt
its technology to solve current world issues. In a world where the Internet,
cell phones and notebook computers are becoming a necessity for everyday living,
we often forget about those who still suffer attempting to meet their basic
needs, including clean water, food and health care. It is time for the developed
world to use their technology to help those who can not help themselves. By
using these technologies there will be advances in medical services, a new
economy based on the Internet, emerging information technologies and new methods
for the farming and industrial sectors. More importantly, these technologies
will provide the education and knowledge for these people to become prosperous
nations that can fend for themselves and provide for their people. Transfers of
technology from the developed world to the developing world will improve the
standard of living, increase efficiency in production and become a base for
economic growth, without this transfer these countries will fall further into
poverty and economic ruin, with little hope for survival. For most people of the
developed world, the developing world is not something they concern themselves
with; they do not see it everyday and therefore it does not exist. This could
not be farther from the truth. The developing world is in need of help but the
developed world constantly turns a blind eye. Our current love affair with
technology may provide the answer for underdeveloped nations problems. The
standard of living is so low in these countries that our everyday conveniences
are a struggle for the entire population to obtain. If the developed nations
could meet these base needs, these countries may be able to overcome their
current problems. The first issue that must be dealt with is the unsatisfactory
health care and medical technology. If the developed world could send excess
medical supplies along with the personnel to administer them, they might learn
to take care of themselves. In time, the common diseases that kill thousands in
these countries will be under control and people will start living longer,
healthier lives. A second issue is the exchange of technology for agriculture
and industry. As a result, new jobs will be created to provide income, while
reducing child labor. As the people of these countries start to build income for
themselves, the amount of crime will be reduced as people will be able to afford
to meet their basic needs. As an example, instead of having to steal or beg for
food or clothing, they would be able to purchase them; thus reducing crime and
increase economic growth. The case study of China completed in class, showed
that as people became educated and more career oriented, the size of families
decreased thus reducing overpopulation. This occurs for two main reasons, people
will not have time for a family and less children are required for the work
force. With overpopulation and the rate of natural increase under control the
standard of living in these countries will increase. With just a small jumpstart
from the developing world, developing countries will experience a chain reaction
that will increase their standard of living. This chain will start with improved
medicine to increase life expectancy, followed by new jobs that will bring
income and finally education that will reduce overpopulation and crime. All of
these factors resulting from technological transfers will lead to an overall
increase in living standard. In the corporate world of North America, it has
never been easier to start a business or company. Using modern technology such
and the Internet and a computer, an individual or group of individuals can
become major players in today's ever increasing electronic economy. As the
overall cost of doing business drops, it will make "the technology more
rapidly available, at a decreased cost"(Freund, pg.2) and therefore level
the economic playing field. As companies start cropping up, built around a new
information based economy, there will be more and more demand for jobs. These
jobs will give local workers a chance at making some money and providing a
living for themselves and their families. With employment on the increase,
people will start making decent wages, they will spend it locally, thus
increasing the local economy and helping their own industry to grow. This
economic growth will have multiple effects that include more health care and
educational funding and allow the development of infrastructure. Once the
countries have started to reach this level, they will be able to increase their
initial technologies to further communications and computer systems, again
allowing them to be competitive players