Technology: a boon or a bane ?

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Technology is necessary but not always a positive influence in modern life. This issue has especially come into vogue in the last decade due to the mind-boggling pace of technology. Also, this issue is a complex one because it involves a conflict between the traditional and the modern.

First, it goes without saying that technology has made our lives easier to the extent that repetitive and monotonous tasks need not be performed manually. These tasks, by their very nature, are irascible and reduce the productive potential of an individual. To give an illustration, consider the task of an accountant having to compute various statistics as a part of his job. Before the advent of computers, he had to do this job "by hand". As is obvious, the job involves tedious computations on his part. Such a job will, no doubt, lead to irritation and the person will soon lose all motivation. On the other hand, if such tiresome tasks are automated, not only will it make the accountant's job easier but it will also improve efficiency and accuracy of the job.

Coming to larger issues, technology as a whole can be classified into various groups. Some of the important ones are Information Technology, Biotechnology, Nuclear Technology, Medicine etc. I shall elaborate on each of them individually.

The last decade was the decade of Information Technology. Information Technology has changed the way we live. Today, computers have become an indispensable part of our lives. The World Wide Web has become the biggest source of information in the last decade. Any and all information is available to us at the click of a mouse. Also the Information Technology industry has created immense job opportunities while contributing significantly to the country's economy. There is no doubting the immense potential of this industry. However, one cannot brush away the negative influences it has on our modern lives. No doubt, this has created job opportunities for

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