Thinking of technology brings forth positive thoughts such as the progression of the human race through increasingly complex tools. These tools might include computers, cell phones, television, etc. What people often overlook, however, is the darker side of technology. The progression of weapons people use to kill each other certaintly doesn’t immediately come to mind when thinking of technology. Nations are continuing their efforts to research and develop weapons that can kill effectively.
Granted, technology is also used to keep us safe. The U.S. government has created a missile defense system to protect its citizens should any other countries try and attack us. Radiation detectors have become more prevalent after the Japanese nuclear power plants were destroyed and subsequently leaked radioactive particles. No doubt technology of this kind has saved numerous lives, but is it smart to fight destructive technology with protective technology?
The picture above shows a town in nuclear fallout. The protective technology (the computer) is trying to tell people about the threat of very high radiation levels. For obvious reasons, however, the destructive technology (a nuclear warhead) has killed everyone already, leaving the protective technology nobody to warn. Nuclear war was quite a widespread fear in the 1960s as it seemed just around the corner. Yet, with all of the unrest in the Middle East, leaders may not make the best decisions when it comes to destructive technologies. They want to further their country’s interest at whatever cost necessary—including human lives. As citizens of the world we need to make sure destructive technology remains in check so we can avert any senseless loss of human life.