Technology has been a major piece of human society ever since the boom of the Industrial Revolution, especially so beginning in the early 20th century. It quickly grabbed the attention of most people, as it made life easier and made work more convenient – in some cases, at least. Since then, technology has become a topic of a huge sum of pop culture works, including but not limited to 1984, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, and The Truman Show.
Of course, two of the three examples I choose highlight technology is a more negative way, whereas the other is more ambiguous. There are plenty of instances in which technology has proven to be an asset in making life easier and helped people in difficult situations. For example, the First Robotics Competition (FRC) was a program started to help students in high school become more knowledgable of technology and how it can be used to create a better future for everyone. It helps teach important problem solving, leadership and teamwork skills during the Build Season and at competitions. Every year, the teams are given a different set of objectives they have to choose from. Given the rules and requirements from FRC, the team has to build a robot that fits those expectations and limitations to meet any or all of the objectives they were informed about. It’s a great learning experience and it’s pretty cool.