Do we need to stop our progress in technology and advancement?

We have been evolv­ing rapid­ly in tech­nol­o­gy and advance­ment for the past few decades. Tech­nolo­gies such as cell phones, tablets, and lap­tops have mod­i­fied how we live our lives. As we go fur­ther into this time peri­od, our demand for tech­nol­o­gy will grow even more rapid­ly. It means that it will even­tu­al­ly run out of room to evolve. In this arti­cle, I will talk about whether we need to stop our progress in advance­ment and tech­nol­o­gy, and how much progress would be con­sid­ered as overbought.

The pace of our technological evolution

technological advancement

The speed of our tech­no­log­i­cal advance­ment is grow­ing faster and faster every year. As you can see, we are in a very fast grow­ing pace com­pared to any oth­er gen­er­a­tion yet.

The oth­er option is that we nev­er reach that over­bought point and some­how advance with­out even wor­ry­ing about its con­se­quences. If this hap­pens, there is a chance for our species to con­tin­ue sur­viv­ing and pros­per­ing through the advance­ment in technology.

So why is the pace of our tech­no­log­i­cal advance­ment grow­ing so fast? Well there are many rea­sons for this: We have got­ten bet­ter at inno­va­tion, more mon­ey is put into research and devel­op­ment, and our demand for tech has increased as well. But does it have room to grow even faster? Yes. But should it?

How fast are we advancing?

To mea­sure how far our cur­rent advance­ment has pro­gressed, let’s com­pare the speed of our tech­no­log­i­cal advance with the past. The progress made in the last few decades out­num­bers the over­all progress made through­out the past few cen­turies. So accord­ing to this trend, advance­ments are get­ting faster much faster than they have in pre­vi­ous years. And if we think about it, we are now liv­ing in a world that is very dif­fer­ent from what it was just 10 years ago. Which means that our present rate of advance­ment will be even high­er still in the future.

Technology advancement: The overbought point?

So in all this talk about how fast our advance­ment is grow­ing, it could actu­al­ly be con­sid­ered too fast. I believe that our advance­ments are grow­ing too fast for us to han­dle. Advances in tech­nol­o­gy have a neg­a­tive side effect: They can make us lazy. For exam­ple, most of the stu­dents in 3rd grade today have nev­er heard of an encyclopedia. 

But back then, you would need to get off your couch and walk down to the library just to get infor­ma­tion on a sub­ject. Now what hap­pens when we have robots doing our work and giv­ing us infor­ma­tion on almost any­thing? We become less active and less healthy.

In short term it might be fine, but mid-term or long term, it might all but destroy our lifestyle.

The point of no return: when AI becomes as capable as humans

I believe there is a point where we can no longer advance in tech­nol­o­gy. The over­bought point will be reached when our advance­ment becomes too fast and we end up falling behind. But this time, it won’t be because we have run out of mon­ey or resources, but because our rate of advance­ment has become so fast that we are actu­al­ly stag­nat­ing because of it. 

That’s why I chose the title: “Do We Need To Stop Our Progress In Tech­nol­o­gy And Advance­ment?” I believe that there is a point where our advance­ment should slow down and become more sus­tain­able to the pace of evo­lu­tion that Earth can handle.

Have we reached the overbought point?

Well, that is a hard ques­tion and one I can­not answer. But I will try to answer it with my own opin­ion. Have we reached the over­bought point? I will give the bor­ing answer, sor­ry. The answer is that we are close to reach­ing the over­bought point of tech­no­log­i­cal advance­ment. When I say close, I mean we might reach that point as soon as 5–10 years from now. 

Tech­nol­o­gy is like an elas­tic band that is being stretched to it’s max­i­mum poten­tial. And in the next few years, our max­i­mum poten­tial will reach its break­ing point. When that hap­pens, we will then have to start over in the future.

At first I was pret­ty against this idea of stop­ping advance­ment because I thought that all our advance­ments were mak­ing us bet­ter and more effi­cient. But, then I real­ized that every­thing has it’s neg­a­tives and we need to keep a bal­anced view on both the neg­a­tives and pos­i­tives of our devel­op­ments in tech­nol­o­gy. So will we have to stop our tech­no­log­i­cal advance­ment? Maybe, but only time will tell.

The future

Until and unless tech­nol­o­gy is mak­ing things easy, it’s fine. But at the point of time when that ease caus­es big­ger prob­lems for us, we would need to stop our advance­ments. But will we? We, humans love com­fort, more than we should. Once we reach that over­bought point, it will be so dif­fi­cult, if not impos­si­ble to stop advance­ment. Maybe if we were smarter, we would­n’t have got­ten to the over­bought point in the first place.

Our tech­nol­o­gy and advance­ment is grow­ing faster than we can han­dle and in my opin­ion, that is a bad thing.

The oth­er option is that we nev­er reach that over­bought point and some­how advance with­out even wor­ry­ing about its con­se­quences. If this hap­pens, there is a chance for our species to con­tin­ue sur­viv­ing and pros­per­ing through the advance­ment in tech­nol­o­gy. But look­ing at our cur­rent devel­op­ment, I high­ly doubt this will hap­pen because we humans tend to not think about the long term effects of our actions.

Future Progress in Technology

Here are some near and far future tech­nolo­gies, which would mean over­bought lev­els of tech­nol­o­gy, and would harm us with their comfort:

A pill that makes you smarter

What’s wrong with being smarter? I can tell you, once we reach a point where every­one is smart, then no one is smart any­more. Our minds need to progress by learn­ing from mis­takes, not by tak­ing a pill to avoid those mis­takes. With no room for growth or growth from our­selves, then we are stag­nat­ing. At this point in time, each per­son is an indi­vid­ual — every­one should remain an indi­vid­ual until the end of time.

Robotics

Robot­ics will make life eas­i­er and safer. But robots are not easy and they are not safe. Robots are just tools for us, in the same way that our cars are tools for trans­porta­tion — of course we love hav­ing them, but we also love dri­ving with­out them. 

This is the rea­son why I believe that robot­ics should be used as a tool to help us reach our max­i­mum poten­tial, not as a replace­ment of us. Humans should remain in con­trol of the machines around them and not the oth­er way around.

Relaxing robots for your every need

Again, robots are not easy and they are not safe. We should not expect robots to be our ser­vants and help us around the house when we can’t even keep a reg­u­lar house­keep­er. Why do you think we spend mon­ey on med­ical insur­ance? Robots are not healthy, they are just tools made to do work that we either don’t want to do or don’t have time to do.

Flying Cars

Too much com­fort is bad for us. Humans tend to not evolve think­ing long term, main­ly because we are lazy. If you have nev­er seen the movie “War of the Worlds” then you should watch it now, because this is how we are head­ing. We will cre­ate all of this tech­nol­o­gy, but we will nev­er think about what will hap­pen lat­er on. And that think­ing is what could save us from our own inventions.

Rec­om­mend­ed: What would we do if there were no time, just eter­nal now?

Virtual reality

Vir­tu­al real­i­ty is a great tool for our­selves and for the future. That might sound like a con­tra­dic­tion, but it real­ly isn’t. Vir­tu­al real­i­ty isn’t just for video games, it will also be used to help peo­ple with any dis­abil­i­ties, from autism to oth­er impair­ments. But when we reach that over­bought point, there will be too much VR every­one will want to live in that vir­tu­al world. If you think about it, if VR can sim­u­late what is real then why should we ever leave our hous­es or our worlds?

But more than it’s pos­i­tive aspects, Vir­tu­al Real­i­ty is also a real­ly easy and lazy way to live. If your life is full of prob­lems and you can­not take it any­more, then jump into the vir­tu­al world, right? Vir­tu­al real­i­ty is just a world that we can con­trol, that we can bend to our will. I believe there should be more chal­lenges in life than just being hap­py all the time liv­ing in a vir­tu­al world.

Increased lifespan

I think this one is pret­ty self explana­to­ry. We should not need to increase our lifes­pans to 100 years old just because we find it bor­ing after 80 or 90 years old. This would be like say­ing that if you play soc­cer for 10 years then you would want to play until you are 80 years old…it’s not going to hap­pen. As humans, we have to accept the fact that some­times life is bor­ing and not always filled with hap­pi­ness and joy. And that’s what makes us human.

Read: What if we dis­cov­ered the algo­rithm of thought?

Our tech­nol­o­gy and advance­ment is grow­ing faster than we can han­dle, and in my opin­ion, that is a bad thing. But it might not be until we emerge into a new part of his­to­ry where we real­ize that we have gone too far with our progress. 

So to answer this ques­tion: “Are We Reach­ing The Over­bought Point Of Advance­ment?”, I believe that if human­i­ty does not take a time out from their con­stant need for tech­nol­o­gy and advance­ment, then yes, they are going over­bought with technology.

Bottom line

So what do you think? Would you like to stop tech­nol­o­gy and advance­ment or would you be will­ing to go beyond the point where we have already reached? If so, what are the things that should be stopped, or left alone until their time has come? Let me know in the com­ment sec­tion below! I’d love to hear from you, and if you found this arti­cle inter­est­ing, do share it with your friends on social media! 

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