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Technology and Society
There are many issues in society today, which are raised from either the introduction or use of technology.
Technology is an essential part life in modern day life. The fact that technology plays such an important
part in life is a major reason why conflict and differences of opinions will always arise. This essay will
attempt to look at six articles from different views of technology. Technology can help people live longer,
protect the environment and many other great things. Technology can also do exactly the opposite, and
sometimes the same technology can effect people in completely different ways. This essay will look at
some issues and attempt to show where these technologies fit into today's society.
Medical technology is a field where there is a lot of controversy is generated. Technology in medicine can
benefit or potentially harm people and other living things. The first article is one about the "Visible Human
Project". This project is where they take a dead subject and carefully photograph it in a very special way.
What makes this project so special is the technique by which the process is done. The corpse is cut into
four pieces, frozen, and then photographed a millimeter at a time. By slicing off a millimeter of corpse
between pictures, this will give doctors, students and researchers a very detailed and high resolution 3D
image of the human body. This process has so far been done with a male and a woman. Why is this
important and who cares about a sliced up dead person? This type of technology allows doctors to perform
mock operations or to view specific parts of the human anatomy before going in blindly with the knife.
This article also points out that th!
e technology gained from rendering these images may one day apply to living people by using MRI scans.
This type of technology does not really directly affect people in the day to day life but could lead to better
health care over the long term.
Medical technology can be a great thing. What happens when decisions based on technology are incorrect?
The next article I choose is about a pregnant woman that gets "routine" tests done to determine the baby's
health. The woman went in for a routine ultrasound and when the results came in there was a problem.
The baby was misdiagnosed as having "Clubfoot". This is a deformation of the foot and/or lower leg. This
brings up a good point of the use of technology. One of the main points of the article deals with
appropriate technology. The article shows that under most cases an ultrasound provides little or no help
with the diagnoses of problems that could be helped before or after delivery. This brings up a valid point as
to why incur the expense if the expense if the procedure is not beneficial to the parents, doctors or the
health care system in America. In some case such as this, the technology clearly does not fit with the
mother's child rearing process. If the pr!
ocedure will not benefit the mother then why was the ultrasound performed. This answer could be political
in the sense that, the procedure is revenue for the hospital as well as job insurance for the ultrasound
specialist. The overuse of technology is often found in the medical field.
Martian species is a hot topic recently. This rise in enthusiasm and talk about life on Mars has prompted
discussion about going to Mars to collect samples to find out if there really is life on Mars. The technology
used in our space program is expensive. Political awareness and enthusiasm is the best thing that could
happen to NASA. The next article I choose to review deals with the mission to retrieve rocks from Mars. ...
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