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Has Technology Progressed Faster Than The Human Mind

Neanderthal V Modern Man

Neanderthal V Modern Man

Technology versus Mind

The human race has been around for thousands of years. Archaeological discoveries have dated human bones as far back as 500,000 years ago. Every age has seen some sort of progress. Starting with hunter gatherers, humans progressed from living in caves to discovering how to build fires and using hand tools. But this Primitive Technology took thousands of years for the Human Mind to understand.

Early Man, eagerly reaching towards the heat of the fire, would not have known that it would burn him. Common sense tells us that it must have taken a few more people to comprehend the connection between fire and death. Another few years passed before they realised that by placing dead animals on the fire, they could make the meat more tasty, and less likely to poison themselves. The first cook either had a leap of intelligence or out of sheer luck he discovered the first step towards improving human life.

Tens of thousands of years passed, and Man progressed slowly towards farming and putting down roots in one place. Until this time, Hunter Gatherers moved from place to place trying to find food, and never realising that they could plant vegetables, catch fish from the sea or build houses from the trees around them.

By the time of the bronze age, people were settled, but were still discovering new ways to improve their situation. This was done by making swords, and threading the first needle made from bone, using animal gut and hair, and producing wonderful works from shells and pebbles to make necklaces and bracelets.

But lets not make the mistake that this was an easy process. All of these things took hundreds if not thousands of years. Man had a very low IQ, and each and every learning curve was a deep and thoughtful process.

Every stage in our History has evolved the human mind. Whether it is a genetic leap forward or purely a case of following one person who has had the great idea either through thought or by accident, human brains have slowly become bigger and more intelligent. Along with the food that they ate, or natural drugs that they came into contact with, like eating couch grass, which has been proven to cause hallucinations therefore opening up certain parts of the brain, each generation started to become more aware of the world around them.

This has been a natural process. We become as we are supposed to become. Now, all of a sudden, over the past thirty years, Technology has leaped forward at such a fast pace, what with iPhones, Computers, GPS Technology, and of course iPads, can we as humans keep up? And Has Technology Progressed Faster Than The Human Mind?

Sir Isaac Newton

Sir Isaac Newton

Learning to Adapt

Take away Technology, and what do you see? Just imagine for one moment that we hadn't discovered a way to use electricity. That is the starting point of this progress. If a few men had not put together the idea that we could run electric cables through our houses, to make light without gas lamps or candles, imagine where we would be now. Would our minds have been so far advanced? No, I don't think so. Over the last few hundred years, very clever men and women have manipulated, studied and found out how the world works. The Technology they used was simple, but somehow they discovered germs, viruses and ways to make the world a cleaner place to live. Astronomers gazed into the night sky, as they have done for thousands of years, and like Sir. Isaac Newton, realised that the World was not as we had been led to believe.

But these were exceptional human beings. The majority of the human race were still primitive in Mind, doing the same things that our ancestors did. We progressed because a few intelligent and inquisitive people kept striving for something better. Where would we be without them? Still in the dark ages I would imagine.

Then suddenly, someone, somewhere realised the potential of electricity. Technology started advancing, but this was still at a normal rate of speed. Telephones became the normal household thing to have, radio's and telegraph astounded us by being able to send signals around the World.

Then, all of a sudden, within the last thirty years, Technology has leaped so far forward it is beyond belief. It seemed that someone, somewhere discovered the Holy Grail of Technology. And because of this, all the amazing things we see today seem to appear so fast, then disappear as quickly as they were made, making room for the latest gadget that comes onto the market. The iPhone that we bought a few months ago, is now out of date, and the Computers that we use are obsolete within a couple of years.

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London Riots

London Riots

The Struggle To Keep Up

So, where does that leave us? Throughout the World, people are still starving, living on the streets and trying desperately to understand how the World is sweeping away from them at an incredible speed. But this does not mean that everybody who has Technology in their life, knows exactly how to work it or understand the real reason for its invention. We have seen over the last few years the high media coverage of new Inventions.

People are still on low incomes, cannot get jobs and are desperately trying to keep their heads above water. They want, and they want it now. We have seen this in London recently. Riots broke out, shops were smashed and people died. All out of greed. Watching it on TV, I saw the real Man Persona stripped away, and the primitive mind of our Ancestors come racing back. Whether it was caused by poor parenting, or whether it was that part of the Human Ancestral Mind coming through, what occurred to me was that Technology could actually be dangerous.

The Dark Side of Technology

Cell Phones have been adapted to make bombs, or program the device to go off. Blackberry Phones have been used to keep in touch with the thugs who wrecked my Capital City. All around the World, people, whatever Country they live in, are using Technology to destroy our Planet. Instead of it being only used for good, it has in fact, been hijacked to kill and maim. Not one Country is to blame. There are bad people in every corner of the World. But that is my point.

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Have we progressed too quickly as a Human Race? Should we take a step back and say, hang on, we are getting too far ahead of ourselves. Maybe, in our innocence and excitement of learning something new, we have stepped out of the Natural Progress of Evolution.

Maybe its time to take a step back.

Copyright Nell Rose


Nell Rose (author) from England on March 09, 2014:

Thanks so much kerlund, glad you liked it, nell

kerlund74 from Sweden on March 08, 2014:

Important hub with lot of relevant questions. I also wonder if our brains have adapted to all the i formation we have to deal with every day. Can we really handle this? I can agree on many of your points and think you have done a great and interesting hub.

Nell Rose (author) from England on February 12, 2014:

Thanks so much jellygator, yes there have been so many new things over the centuries that people can absorb slowly and then learn to use them from religion to the printed word, and yes I do believe people will yearn for the past and hopefully bring back some of the good old days so to speak, with relearning old skills that are sadly dwindling out, I do think certain parts of the world will keep up but sadly others will use the technology for bad, but we will see, thanks for reading, nell

jellygator from USA on February 12, 2014:

You sure hit on some fascinating topics, Nell! And you raise such interesting points. This one happens to be one I've been interested in lately, too. May I add a few thoughts?

You mentioned how slowly early technological changes took place. Things like learning that fire could kill, or be used to cook, probably took years, if not decades. Oral language would have been a major technological advance, one that ushered in an era that would ultimately known as a period of the "oral tradition" where history and news started getting recorded by bards who repeated tales far and wide. By sharing these tales, people learned more faster then ever before, though still very slowly compared to our modern day experiences. Then, the Guttenberg press created another paradigm shift that enabled mass production of the printed word. Religion and education were no longer restricted to a very privileged few. As more people had access to existing knowledge, of course, new discoveries could take place faster, building success upon success.

Now we have entered the digital era, and this speed has multiplied exponentially. I suspect that you're right that the human mind cannot keep up. Worse, it means that individuals must specialize in one area, while sacrificing knowledge in MANY other areas. This is why Hannah Montana and Justin Beiber are news while weighty topics like wars fade into the background of our lives rapidly.

I believe this will see more people resorting to those primal, genetically remembered behaviors as this phenomenon progresses. What will that lead to, though? A "matrix" system like we saw in the movie of the same name? Civil wars? World peace? I find it terrifying to consider!

Nell Rose (author) from England on April 25, 2013:

Thanks so much Henry, I am so glad you found it interesting, its great to get such lovely feedback on my hub, nell

Qn1f3 on April 25, 2013:

I agree with most of the things you've concluded in the article. And I'm sure the majority of mankind is not ready for the technological revolution, if any. Whilst there are individuals who will be able to adapt, mainly because of a great interest in the subject in question. The ones without an interest above the "normal", will most likely not be able to keep up. What I'm saying right now is not bound to evolution though and my perspective might just be to narrow as of now. A great subject and a great read!

Thank you for the answer and a hasty one on top of that!

Nell Rose (author) from England on April 24, 2013:

Hi Henry, thanks for reading. I have studied all sorts of Psychology over the years, and in one of the courses we very briefly talked about whether our minds as a universal race of people are actually ready for technology. It was since then that certain things in the media, and around the world made me realise that not everybody is ready to use the technology that we are inundated with today. the lucky ones have access to tv's and the internet so we tend to have that as we grow up, but others may not. saying that even in a modern society we still have the same basic instincts that have carried us forward until today. Mans aggression has not gone away just because we use technology for example. All of the above was purely my thoughts on the subject, but of course there is always the other side of the argument that actually we are all capable of adapting to new things, I however think that its only been a hundred or so years since we first discovered a way to use electricity, now we are going in leaps and bounds towards all sorts of technology. Are we all ready? No, I don't believe so. In the wrong hands we can see from the news that technology can be used for evil things, thanks, sorry I can't give you any new sources as this was all my work, nell

Qn1f3 on April 24, 2013:

Hi Nell,

I found this article really interesting and I will most probably come back and take part of other hubs (registered only for this one as it is now). I am a university student in Sweden, currently writing an essay in computer science. This essay stumbles across the intriguing question stated in this article, basically has technology outrun the human mind. I would love if you could give me any tips on sources you've been working with to be able to strenghten the facts in the article (if you have been working with any).

Keep it up and thanks!



Nell Rose (author) from England on August 13, 2012:

Hi Larry, thanks for reading, yes I agree some technologies have progressed faster than others, and most of them are the bad ones winning by a mile, I just think sometimes we get ahead of what the human race can actually handle, its a scary thought, thanks as always, nell

Larry Fields from Northern California on August 13, 2012:

It may be possible to frame the question in a slightly different way: Are some technologies progressing too fast relative to other technologies? Here's the example that I had in the back of my mind.

The technology for creating inexpensive, yummy, and (dare I say?) addictive junk food has outpaced the technology for sustainable fat loss (without the nasty pharmaceutical side-effects). Back in the early 1970s, we had not even settled on the name, junk food. One American biochemist, in an attempt to be risqué, suggested the expression, "naked calories."

Here's another perspective on anti-matter: Nature has been creating the stuff for many millions of years right here on Earth. Positron emission is one of several modes of natural radioactive decay. The positron is the anti-matter version of our friend, the electron. When two 'trons' of opposite charge meet, the result is Mutually Assured Destruction--to borrow a quaint Cold War expression--plus a bit of gamma radiation.

Voted up and interesting.

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 08, 2011:

Hi, Ron, I take it you are talking about quantum physics and the Hadron collider? maybe, but there is another one that is even more dangerous, I believe its somewhere in Germany. They are not trying to collide atoms such as at Cern, but are trying to produce Anti matter, I think, I may be wrong, so yes you may well be right! thanks for reading, cheers nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 28, 2011:

Hi, Thomas, yes I totally agree, talking about overcrowding I see that we have now reached 7 billion people! as long as the people that deal with technology are professional, then that's fine, but I am sure there are others who would use if for bad, not just weapons but cloning the wrong things and experimentation, we shall see what comes out one of these days, thanks again, nell

ThomasRydder on October 28, 2011:

Provocative as always, Nell, and full of fodder for thought. When I was in college, we were taught that the first programmable computer (the Colossus) was built in 1943, and was the size of a fairly large room. We were also informed that if the space program had grown from its inception at the same rate as computer technology had in its first twenty years, 2 weeks after the Wright Brothers we would have landed a man on the moon. Whether all this techno stuff is good is a subject of much debate. We've developed wonderful vaccines and cures and organ transplanting-and the planet continues to progress towards overcrowding. Advancements in most any area, in fact, will have a counteractive detraction as well. It's not that technology is you say, it's the ability to apply that technology in a way that is beneficial that's wanting. We should stop concentrating on if we can, and more on if we should.

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 12, 2011:

Hi, BeatsMe, it was just wondering whether our use of techno was outstripping our minds, like nuclear etc are we intelligent enough not to use it! lol probably not! as you said, its us that is the danger! thanks so much for reading it cheers nell

BeatsMe on September 11, 2011:

Hi Nell, it's a really interesting hub. :)

I think though that it's not technology that is the problem, it's the human mind. lol. Technologies can't hurt us if humans don't make them harmful.


Nell Rose (author) from England on September 09, 2011:

Hi, acaetnna, glad you enjoyed it, and thanks!

acaetnna from Guildford on September 09, 2011:

A very fascinating and interesting read Nell Rose. I am glad I stopped by.

Nell Rose (author) from England on August 23, 2011:

Hi, tillsontitan, yes you are right, dollars more than thinking of the people. we do need time to incorporate all the new ideas, and then wham! along comes another one! but I love technology, I may not know how it works, but as long as it does, I am happy! lol

Mary Craig from New York on August 23, 2011:

Great hub Nell. I think all new technology outpaces the generation it starts in. It takes years to settle down and realize exactly what we have and how to use it. The speed of new technology now, I believe, correlates with corporate's need to keep making money. More new technology, more dollars spent. Nothing can replace the human mind. One of the comments above referred to the new research on multi-tasking; it can't be done. Our minds can only really focus well on one thing at a time. As technology progresses hopefully we will begin to see the good and the bad and fill a need not just a want. Voted up ... good info as always.

Nell Rose (author) from England on August 19, 2011:

Hi, Hello hello, ha ha you are so right! thanks again, cheers nell

Hello, hello, from London, UK on August 19, 2011:

Wow, some people have put their points forward in two or three words lol. Brilliantly written with great points. The only point I got to put there -- Human being never had much brains and now they don't any anymore.

Nell Rose (author) from England on August 16, 2011:

Hi, Qudsia, thank you! and your quote is exactly right! one of these days someone somewhere will use technology to wipe us out, or at least all of our knowledge! thanks so much, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on August 16, 2011:

Hi, sheila, really? wow! we seem to be losing all the old ways, and that will slip up on us, thank goodness there will always be historians to teach us all again! thanks

Nell Rose (author) from England on August 16, 2011:

Hi, Christopher, it is a very frightening thing to not only think that people these days can't and don't remember anything, but as you say one of these days there will be something that wipes out all those electronics and then boom! we will have to start again! thanks for reading, cheers nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on August 16, 2011:

Hi, Lucky Cats, I don't know how any of it works either! lol thanks for visiting, and I am glad you came over, cheers nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on August 16, 2011:

Hi, agusfanani, thanks so much, and I am glad you liked it, cheers nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on August 16, 2011:

Hi, Alastar, sorry it took me so long to get back, my brain goes faster than my typing speed! lol seriously though, that story doesn't surprise me, just think virtually every one can find us just by looking on the pc! if you type your name in the search engine, you can find all sorts of info about you! and if you pay I think its something like about 9 dollars you will even see your telephone number! take a look! and yes, I am definitely up for the pub! ha ha great idea! thanks again nell

QudsiaP1 on August 15, 2011:

Nell, this was such a well written hub as always that it actually inspired me to write a quote, specially for you:

"With each century we create a path that leads to our own destruction."

- Qudsia Pervez

sheila b. on August 15, 2011:

When I was a girl in school, I wished for a magic pen to write for me. If I was a girl in school now, I'd be delighted with a computer and printer! And by the way, here in the U S some schools have stopped teaching cursive writing, so we will one day have a country of people who only know how to print.

Christopher Price from Vermont, USA on August 15, 2011:


My kids learned to type (keyboarding) very early in school...I wish they had been taught calligraphy as well.

Data for nearly everything people say or write or communicate is stored electronically...a single electro-magnetic pulse could erase it all.

The basic tools of survival for our species have been neglected and forgotten by 90% of modern humans.

And increasingly, daily, we abdicate more and more of the control of our lives to faceless, nameless entities and our ever-present electronic gizmos.

People ranted for years about the dangers of smoking marijuana because it would cause short term memory loss. How many of your family's or friend's telephone numbers can you remember these days? Oh that's right, you just tap 2 buttons on your phone and IT remembers them for far! What happens if you lose that phone and have to use another? Could you remember your OWN number?

"Dumbed down"! ya' think?

Nothing there is 'tis good or bad..." But we'll find a way to muck it up!


Kathy from Independence, Kansas on August 15, 2011:

Hi Nell. You've written an interesting hub which asks many questions, some which are between the lines. What amazes me is the expoential rate at which the human race; our knowledge and application of this intelligence is occuring. As you pointed out, devices which were considered beyond incredible are, now, rendered obsolete the moment they hit the market. I once heard the quote, "by the time it's in the's already outdated." So true. Our intellectual growth seems to be "improving' much more compared to our ancestors...again, as you've written here.

Is technology friend or foe? boy..I wonder that almost every day when I'm frustrated w/a particular computer, smart phone..whatever...even what's humming under the hood of my 20 year old automobile...which, btw, still confuses the heebie jeebies out of me! Heck how does a telephone work anyway???? JK!!

I think technology is moving ahead of our ability to fully appreciate it and use this miraculous discovery in a humane and positive manner...but, just like anything throughout history; there will always be those who abuse power..however and in whatever form that power might's just human nature; sadly.

All of this, my opinion, only..certainly not written in stone!

Why haven't I visited your writing before? This is a great hub w/lots of ideas to've hit the nail on the head multiple times...ever consider construction??? LO! Up Useful, Interesting, Awesome!!!

agusfanani from Indonesia on August 15, 2011:

It seems that technology will progress unstoppably bringing its (more) positive and negative sides. With good education and morality we hope that human will utilize technology wisely and all for our benefits. I like the topic you bring in this hub, Thank you.

Alastar Packer from North Carolina on August 15, 2011:

Hi Nell. There was a story over here recently about a guy that bought an I-phone from-a company that will remain nameless from me- only to discover after activation that every single piece of info on his entire life was contained within. He of course was shocked and complained to the company from where it was purchased. Didn't take long for a very high placed agency to pay the gentleman a visit where the I-phone was confiscated and the man told it was all just a mistake. When technology surpasses the wisdom or even spirituality of a developing civilization it's not good. Congrats and triple tack Ms. Nell on another great and thought provoking Hub. PS- what you say we open an old-fashioned pub on the property of a very old farm-stead.

Nell Rose (author) from England on August 15, 2011:

Hi, Laura so true, it seems that these days kids can talk about loads of things on the internet but ask them to think about it? all because the big companies are raking it in! thanks for reading, cheers nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on August 15, 2011:

Hi, Simone, thanks for reading it, that's so true, I must admit that I do love technology it fascinates me anything new coming out I have to investigate!

Nell Rose (author) from England on August 15, 2011:

Hi, Eiddwen, thanks for stopping by, I really appreciate it, cheers nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on August 15, 2011:

Hi, carrie, I quite agree, thanks so much for reading, cheers nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on August 15, 2011:

Hi, rockdresses, thanks so much for sticking at it! lol much appreciated, cheers nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on August 15, 2011:

Hi, Manna, yes I can see that coming too, I am sure that not in the too distant future cell phones will be attached to jack in the back of the head like matrix! sounds funny, but we will have to wait and see! thanks for reading, cheers nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on August 15, 2011:

Hi, lily, I think that the people who learned in the old fashioned way will always be the most intelligent, if children only use the computer to find out information they will carry on copying the work, and this won't stay in their minds, who is going to write the intelligent books in the future if the children only want to read and then forget all knowledge? spooky thought! thanks as always nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on August 15, 2011:

Hi, Nellieanna, I think that the trouble over here is the fact that over the last 30 years or so people can't do anything that is to strict to their child, there are so many human rights over here that a parent can get locked up for smacking their child! unbelievable, I know but all small children need to be able to look up to an adult and learn in the right way, not in a strict way or too structured way just in a gentle but firm hand, this is the result, the funny thing was I knew this would happen about 20 years ago! its a shame that the powers that be couldn't see it too, thank goodness there are people who are intelligent enough for technology, I was watching a tv programme tonight about NASA, it said it all really! lol thanks again nell

Laura Deibel from Aurora, CO on August 15, 2011:

I have heard that the attention span of persons has decreased terribly with nono-technology.

We do retain the intest with the past to SURVIVE, which is difficult with formulating overloading information for gigantic corporations laying off for short-term profits.

This does drive a different motivation--survival with excessive information.

Thanks, Nell

Simone Haruko Smith from San Francisco on August 15, 2011:

An excellent discussion. I sincerely think that, for a time, technology has been advancing beyond human reasoning, however we are now moving back in the direction of designing hardware and software that is MEANT to jive well with the way our brains work. Look at the growing field of neuromarketing and you'll see this is definitely the case- plus consider the way that some of the most successful new products are designed: they're very intuitive and use simple gestures, pokes, and rudimentary human actions instead of more obscure clicks and codes. It's rather fascinating!

Eiddwen from Wales on August 15, 2011:

A brilliant hub Nell and I was not surprised to see so many comments.

I vote up for the well presented, interesting and useful hub.

Take care Nell


carriethomson from United Kingdom on August 15, 2011:

there are some really great technologies that make life easier, but if we use so much that we start depending on it or become addicted to its then its a problem. thanx for sharing this, Insightful.


rockdresses from Turkey on August 15, 2011:

A very very long article. After read it, I'm surprised at your brilliant ideas and writing skills. Thanks a lot for your sharing! It is really awesome!!!!

Manna in the wild from Australia on August 15, 2011:

On the whole - for humans, life is definitely better where technology thrives. I do worry about the increased need for specialization. Some 300 years or more ago -not sure exactly, but probably around the time of Leibniz, it may have been possible for a single mind to know just about everything. Since we can imagine and for records we do have, technology has increased exponentially. You never know - we may some day not too far from now biologically integrate with the web.

lilyfly on August 14, 2011:

Yes, Nell, and I see a huge chasm being created by those that own and understand the latest technology, and those that don't,(me), but I think that we were really ready mentally but not emotionally, and I feel that technology is separating us from reality more and more.

Wonderful hub! Well done.... lily

Nellieanna Hay from TEXAS on August 14, 2011:

Thank you for a lovely reply, Nell. Your graciousness and wisdom show through.

There are many pessimists who can't imagine a conviction of "being good is the best thing to be" ever materializing - and have many solid arguments and example as proof; but if intelligence really has any meaning, it would have to happen - and ought to.

Of course, the definition of "good" and "evil" have also varied over time, but ultimately, it might be realized that what is good is what is most beneficial to our species, and surely killing and exploiting one another, and taking much while there are others with nothing doesn't really measure up to that. It would take some major attitude adjustments, though, for people to be willing to be less greedy with the Earth's resources and to realize they must serve more of the general good rather than being hoarded and guarded at gunpoint by some individuals exclusively. It is a massive, major change to even think of that happening. But, as you say - perhaps the very progressive inventions might contribute in some way.

One thing I feel strongly about is that it is each individual attitude which makes the difference and that those attitudes begin in early life. It can't be imposed upon persons or it is but another form of tyranny. It's that simple and that complicated. Each little individual candle being lit and brightly radiating not some mass movement.

Nell Rose (author) from England on August 14, 2011:

Hi, b. Malin, I think that companies will have to do a drastic change if they want to keep up, imagine when we get a 'plastic newspaper' one that can download the news everyday, how will they cope with the old paper kind, I saw this on another hub, I will never get rid of my books though because I love reading them that way, can you imagine losing the written word and then we lose electricity because of a solar flare for example? all our knowledge and history will be gone! I know that's a bit drastic, but you never know, thanks for reading, and your kind comments, cheers nell

b. Malin on August 14, 2011:

Excellent, Excellent Hub Neil. Sometimes I wish things would slow down a bit. Everything is becoming outdated...Books, hopefully NEVER...yet there is Kindle...I do Love my Mac, don't miss the old typewriter...But a lot of Companies are being put out of Business because of the NEW Technology and Frankly that Scares me.

Nell Rose (author) from England on August 14, 2011:

Hi, clark lol don't know about gifted but thank you, I think that all humans have the need to take away from others, its a flaw within us, if we don't have the ambition or the drive to do something then we feel jealousy or rage, instead of putting the energy into doing it ourselves we turn against the people who can do it, as it happened in london. I remember reading somewhere that if you live in America, and see someone with a big car for example, you will say, wow, that is lovely, I will strive to work myself and get one someday, if you live in England, its the opposite, something like, look at that big headed guy, who does he think he is? lets scratch the car! I know that this is a bit extreme but on a small level I can see this, I have friends who live in the States and they have made something of themselves, and they said exactly the same, thanks for reading, and I am glad you liked it, cheers nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on August 14, 2011:

Hi, Nellieanna, yes I must admit that I never really thought of those points, people throughout history have always had an interest in making new things, and of course they have been used for good and bad. Taking away technology would not only put us back to the dark ages, but where the human race are concerned, I doubt if it would stop the evil in the world, or in fact it would probably hinder the good, maybe in the future the world will come to realise that actually being good is the best thing to be, thanks so much for reading, cheers nell

clark farley on August 14, 2011:

Man (someone said) is the only animal to create tools, all of technolgy is simply an expression of this drive. You could find an A>B>C... from fire to your cell phone or maybe to be more accurate smoke signals (fire) to cell phones.

I would suggest that the products of technology are serving the needs of the human race.

Man (someone else said) adapts the environment to him/herself while all other living things either adapt to the environment or they become extinct.

So maybe it is not the hardware that is the problem so often cited (in these Comments), maybe it is the nature of man.

Poverty does not afflict so many people because technology has developed so quickly. Hell, poverty does not afflict so many people because of anything other that man's inability to apply local interests to a global level.

Maybe it is inevitable that the troubles of Man grow with the technology he creates. Maybe whatever it is within us that can produce a computer or a cell phone is inextricably linked to the need to take from others in order to have more for oneself.

Another good one, Nell! ( In keeping with the above, I must confess that I fall victim to Hub Envy, lol that's the problem with Mankind! Some of you are gifted and some of us (others) can't handle it!)

Nellieanna Hay from TEXAS on August 14, 2011:

This is, indeed, a very well done hub, Nell, and demonstrates great thought and especially - caring concern. Those are so valuable. I can just feel your concern and anguish about the events that have been happening over there - and all over, for that matter. It is heart-wrenching and I feel it too. I agree somewhat with the conclusions drawn here, but I just must mention a few things which don't quite fit neatly into them. I hesitate to focus on a different light on the subject, but I just must.

When man first discovered how to make fire, tools, and swords, they presented the challenges of how to use them with as great a demand and as serious a consequence as the inventions of the present day. Some of the people applied them to make things better and some took the opposite approach. The more enlightened saw potential for progress and benefits and taught those views to their children. And vice versa. It did have to do with their mindsets but those were not set by the new "toys" but by their heart-set, too. Perhaps the most noticeable thing about mankind is and has been the differences in personal development of its members. That keeps up with progress better in some individuals than in others. Many factors go into it, but certainly one of the major ones is how a human is taught from its birth and how it is treated in its formative years. The results have shown throughout our history on the planet.

Just think - the magnificence of the Pyramids - built with marvelous technology for its day - but upon the lives and backs of slaves, who were sacrificed to the projects for the glorification of those who craved that for themselves. How about burning witches at the stake because they didn't quite agree with the others? What invention can be pinpointed for determining that outcome?

How far "back" would we need to go to come to a better period for promoting good behavior and to an ideal "time and place" in our inventive development to assure more gentle, less selfish & greedy human beings? Could we just slip back a notch or two - in our own more recent time and stop progress with the telephone and radio? Go back to horse and buggy? Dispense with steam engines or maybe ocean going ships made interaction too easy? Is there any safety in having or not having those more than in the availability of TVs, computers and iPhones or nuclear submarines? Is communication the culprit? Would people act nice if they didn't have the conveniences of putting their ideas together so easily to plan evil deeds? Have they ever?

When periods of history occurred when there have been more peaceful and enlightened actions, thoughts and times, it was not due to more or less "things" and conveniences. It was the result of changes of heart and mind. Those don't result from or suffer from what inventions are at people's disposal, I suspect. If we pin the blame on the wrong culprits, we won't find any relief.

The prevailing "ill" is not in our things but in ourselves.

Nell Rose (author) from England on August 14, 2011:

Hi, jami, thanks so much, glad you liked it, cheers nell

Hi, Green Lotus, I think the majority of us use technology in a civilised way, and it is great to think that we have all these wonderful things to help us in our daily lives, sadly some people will always use it for bad, thanks again nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on August 14, 2011:

Hi, Wayne, I totally agree, I think children today are very clever to be able to push a button, but work it out on paper? Never! When I was at school we couldn't use a calculator! imagine! using a calculator for maths! what's that all about? surely the point is to make your mind work, not learn how to press a few switches, it does worry me where airlines are concerned, and in fact cars will soon be like this, I just hope they do have to do a test to make sure they can drive or pilot it manually, otherwise we will be in real trouble, and, if you think about it, out of a job too! if technology takes over, what room is there for us? thanks for reading, cheers nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on August 14, 2011:

Hi, Merlin, exactly! back in the old days, even in the last century, children were brought up to respect their parents, these days we are told that the children, whatever they do, must not be touched, this is assault, and we get arrested for smacking them! for goodness sake, are we the only ones who could see this coming? now perhaps they will bring back some of the old laws, and maybe national service, hopefully! and that will train them! men are great inventors, but just as great destroyers! thanks again nell

Hillary from Atlanta, GA on August 14, 2011:

Great take on the subject and this week's challenge. I'm in two minds about whether technology is moving at a mentally healthy pace. I know for me, my brain is so overloaded with stuff, I welcome having another hard drive to store my thoughts and happily im not programmed to find excitement and adventure in the looting /rioting scene. Is technology to blame? The fact is, man' s basic instinct isn't going away anytime soon.

Nell Rose (author) from England on August 14, 2011:

Hi, Denise, thanks for reading, I watch the news and often think to myself that man just cannot get rid of that caveman side, why I just don't know, I think that maybe one day we will have a utopian society, but we are far from that stage just yet, unfortunately.

Nell Rose (author) from England on August 14, 2011:

Hi, christopher, I want a transporter too! lol but the one thing I always wanted as a child was a phone that you could see people to talk to on, now we have them, I don't use it! I did to start with but the novelty soon wore off! I hope you are right, if technology does bring us all together then that will be the most precious thing that can happen. The one thing I am so proud of is the british citizens from all over the world living here, who cleaned up after the riots, and came together for that poor man in Birmingham's son who died in the week, if this brings us closer maybe something good has come out of a horrible experience, thanks as always nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on August 14, 2011:

Hi, Flora, mine are in my sons room, theres about 200 of them! lol

Hi, europewalker, I left school in '76 and went straight into an office which had the very first desk top computer it was attached to the table, and had a very small screen, in front of the keyboard there was a slot for something called a floppy disc! lol and then we had the main frames in the room with us that held huge round blue data pods as they were called, so luckily I started early, but I remember them well, how different techno is today though! wow! thanks for reading, cheers nell

jami l. pereira on August 14, 2011:

Very informative and interesting , i enjoyed this hub ! thanks for sharing! voted up!

Wayne Brown from Texas on August 14, 2011:

This is a thought-provoking piece Nell on a subject which has crossed my mind repeatedly. Take us, for example, in our generation, whether or not people are computer savvy or even interested pivoted greatly on whether they ever learned to type...those who did not are not likely to be drawn to the computer in any great numbers. I now see a reciprocal situations taking place where younger generations totally embrace the technology on all levels and aspects of life. They no longer attempt to understand the principles associated with "why" but are far more concerned with "implementing the process" to gain the answer. This is a very dangerous time in that these folks many times do not understand what they are getting and how it was derived. Thus technology has actually dumbed down the human's ability to reason and apply logic. One place where this starts to be worrisome is when you enter the cockpit of modern airplanes and realize what an electronic world that it is and those who fly today's airplanes must master it. What we must never forget is that they must also master the "basic understandings of how to fly" along with these electronic tools which are simply "aids" to flight. Those who do not understand and maintain a proficiency at the level of hands on piloting are an accident waiting to happen. Technology can easily overrun human reasoning with all its flash and speed but for all computers can do, they cannot apply the dynamics of logic which the human mind is capable of when properly trained. We must guard against becoming mutants of the electronic world. Thanks for sharing. WB

Merlin Fraser from Cotswold Hills on August 14, 2011:

Nah ! Man has always been a barbaric war mongering idiot !

Imagine if you will how far mankind could have progressed if each generation started from the most advanced point of the one previous. Instead we spend the first 20 years of life pretending to know it all and think that every person older than ourselves knows nothing.

Take a look around you Nell, look at London, our civilisation is going backwards, they may have all the latest toys but they use them to outwit the powers of authority and think it's COOL to create a Flash Mob !

They just swapped their clubs for a mobile phone !

Denise Handlon from Michigan on August 14, 2011:

What a splendid hub-and the video is just perfect to go with it! Voted up and awesome/interesting. While I am glad for the modern technology, I have to agree that there is more than a trace of misuse and abuse with it. And, of course, the dichotomy of the emotional immaturity and the technological advances. Well done.

Christopher Antony Meade from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom on August 14, 2011:

I like technology. I was one of the first people to get a CD player in the eighties. I only wish that someone would invent a "transporter" before I die.

But what you say is true Nell. The human instinct for war, and greed is the same now as it ever was. Technology just makes it more dangerous. But the advance of science also enables us to do a lot of good in the world. I wouldn't be able to correspond with such interesting persons as yourself, if it were not for the world of electronic wizardry that makes it possible.

Maybe the ease of communication, that we have at the present, might contribute to a greater understanding between people and a bit of softening around the more harmful edges.

Perhaps the recent riots may be looked back on as the last outbreak of mankind's primitive, more base, instincts.

I hope so.

Thanks Nell for a brilliant, thought provoking article.

europewalker on August 13, 2011:

Great hub Nell, I can't keep up with ever changing technology. I managed to grow up without it and I wonder is it really all necessary. Of course I am over 50 so I don't have the quickness of the younger generation but my brain still holds tons of information!

FloraBreenRobison on August 13, 2011:

my videos are in boxes. :)

Nell Rose (author) from England on August 13, 2011:

Hi, pras, thanks for your vote as always, technology gets so quick I can't understand how they can suddenly become so fast like this, someone must have found a special way to incorporate every little bit of techno in everything, be interesting to find out, thanks again

Nell Rose (author) from England on August 13, 2011:

Hi, K9, glad you agree, it can be a problem, watching all those kids trashing my country last week, I thought that they all looked so aggressive and neanderthal! I know neanderthals are not our ancestors, but they well could have been, by the look of them! dangerous stuff in the wrong hands, thanks so much nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on August 13, 2011:

Hi, Jagodka, I was lucky enough to get a cell phone for approx 5 dollars! ha ha it was a basic touch button and speak phone, that's all I need! its great because you pay 5 dollars to have a family and friend network, this means all I need to do is keep it topped up for a month on 5 dollars and I can speak free to four people! great stuff! cheers nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on August 13, 2011:

Hi, Flora, I know exactly what you mean, remember videos to DVDs? talk about expensive! and what on earth do you do with all those videos you have? lol thanks for reading, and I loved your poem! cheers nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on August 13, 2011:

Hi, SilverGenes, really, anytime now? better get the candles in! lol but seriously I have heard this before, I think the older people will cope, but the kids or teens will feel like their world has fallen apart! mind you, if it happened now, I would laugh, because all those TVs that the thugs stole last week over here! ha ha I do think technology is a double edged sword, kids look like they know what they are doing, but in effect they are only clicking buttons! ask them to add up! that will get them thinking! thanks nell

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on August 13, 2011:

We live in modern era where technology is climb up from day to day. For good example is if you buy a new cell phone in other part of the world there's a new technology above this phone. Basically human never satisfied with everything they have. So everything back to us. It's a sign that technology progressed faster. Very inspiring hub. Well done. My VOTE always for you. Cheers...


Nell Rose (author) from England on August 13, 2011:

Hi, roshall, thanks for reading, I know just what you mean! I am trying to get my head around the voice activation on my pc, it seems to want to say everything different to what I said! stupid thing! lol

India Arnold from Northern, California on August 13, 2011:

Genetic memory is a strong element for humans to fall back on in times of stress, danger and confusion. You bring some very well thought out points regarding the speed of our emotional and mental abilities, compared to the speed of today's technological inventions. And it is such a shame that, in fact, as advanced as humans have become, we continue to fall back to that lower brain. The danger is far increased however, as prehistoric reasoning coupled with modern technology has proved to be a VERY deadly mixture. Great hub Nell! Way up and much more!



Jagodka on August 13, 2011:

I totally agree with the Struggle to Keep Up. I work part time at Taco Bell and a lot of the immigrant workers there have smartphones! I was shocked that people who probably make only a couple bucks over minimon wage would get them. But it's difficult to get the old-fashioned cell phones. I had just recently gotten my first smartphone after having my old phone for two years and the Verizon store was all smartphones and ipads.

FloraBreenRobison on August 13, 2011:

Hi, Nell.

The lightening speed of technology today is making life more expensive. Having to replace gadgets all the time-computer software, anyone?-just hits the bankbook

thanks for the link :)

oh, and SilverGenes-remember it is the animal world that knows inbstictiverly when a natural distaster is coming. Humans don't have any idea-at least not here where ther ar mountains. Maybe in the Praires where the eye can see off into a vanishingpoint Animals don't need technology to tell them an earthquake is coming.

SilverGenes on August 13, 2011:

Excellent hub, Nell! I'm in complete agreement with you on this. Not to worry, though. Some solar storm activity should take care of things nicely. In the mid-1800s, it had no impact because we had not yet progressed to electricity. While watching the Discovery channel the other night, the prediction is about 10 years without any electricity next time and that could be any day now. Keep those hardcover books! LOL.

On another note, a study at MIT has shown that the more gadgets we use, the less efficient we become. We only THINK we are multitasking well when in reality, we are failing to meet basic standards in several areas at once. Kind of makes that part of the job description less desirable now. Maybe we are not such clever monkeys after all - most of us don't have a clue how to survive outside our technological world.

Nell Rose (author) from England on August 13, 2011:

Hi, Cardisa, thanks for being so quick! I added all the hubs above so that I can get to read them easier! lol glad you liked it, cheers nell

roshall from Ohio on August 13, 2011:

Great job!! I sometimes feel that i am lost with some of the new technology keep up the good work and have a great day.


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