Technology and the Future of Wor

Technological proficiency is essential for most business positions in the modern work climate. Internet-based faxing, laser printers, networked computers and advanced phone systems are common devices in businesses of all sizes and have become the standard norm in all modern day business operations. Moreover, the industrial sector has become the foundation of technological progression as the majority of tasks can now be automated. With the industrial workplace being revolutionized by technology, as humans we simply can’t compete with machines, they beat us on nearly all fronts. Rifkin, a well known activist on such matters, addresses the issues that may be faced within future of our jobs. He maintains that machines and computers have taken over nowadays, ergo, the end of work is near. Due to the speed and efficiency of technology, Rifkin maintains that productivity is rising over time, yet the value of labour is depreciating. Thus, this devaluation of work is problematic. That being said, this brings light to the discussion topic of technological unemployment, often referred to as the Luddite Fallacy.

The adoption of labor displacing technologies as mentioned above can generally be classified under mechanization, automation, and process improvement. Mechanization and automation involve transferring tasks from humans to machines. Process improvement involves the elimination of tasks altogether. In essence, with the combination of all three elements a task is removed from a workforce in turn decreasing employment.

This brings rise to many arguments with opposing views which states that there is a negative correlation with technological change and unemployment. Many like Jeremy Rifkin believe that the road to a near-workerless economy is within sight. However when assessing Rifkin’s arguments, I find a few points troubling and many factors are not being taken into account. Although convincing to people who have suffered job loss due to automation and computers, I contend that there is more hope than Rifkin sees. What I see is that our era is becoming extremely competitive and is causing more people to return to school or to pursue higher education in order to keep up with the competition. Although this short-term occurrence of pursuing one`s education is not supplying much to our economy, once these people graduate, many countries will have a higher rate of people that are tapped into the innovations of the Information Age.

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The Technological Progress Brings Metal Detectors

Metal detectors use different technologies with different options and performance settings, depending on the targets created. In other words, there is no such detector that suits all the targets possible. There are only five kinds of such devices.

First of all, you have the metal detectors which are used for detecting coins, relics and treasures, this being a very general spectrum. Then, you have the devices which are used for detecting gold and the ones which are used for finding things which are underwater or on beaches. There are also detectors which work at very low depths and, last but not least, there are industrial detectors.

Most of these devices are conceived so that they offer the best results for a certain type of search, but they can also be used for other kinds of targets without offering the best results such as in the case of the targets they were created for. For instance, the best detector used for detecting nuggets is very sensitive to very small pieces of gold, being highly performing in this field, but it not as efficient when it comes to detecting coins because they detect every small piece of old iron. The devices which are created for detecting coins are not designed in such a way that they can detect small pieces which only have the size of a rice grain and they deal with iron better than the other kind of device.

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Technological Progress and Useful Gadgets

In the ancient era people have taken a lot of physical effort and pain and so today we see a more relaxed and less physically challenged world. In the recent times, more and more new Gadget inventions have made life very simple and interesting for humans.

Earlier there were no gadgets for any kind of help, but as days passed by the world saw many smart people whose inventions have shown a leading light in almost every field of life. Today when we say technology even a child understands that it is related to something without much physical effort. Let us see a difference in a photographic developing process earlier and now. Initially there was a very long process in developing photos; first people had to create a separate room specially for developing purpose known as the dark room, then with the use of some chemicals had to place the printing paper and film submerged for a certain period of time. Later the paper was supposed to be exposed to light and then hooked up for drying. The process used to take a complete day if the photographer had to print the entire camera role.

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