Imagine technology surrounding you, being apart of everything you do, making life so simple that life is an effortless utopia free from worries. That’s not too hard to imagine given the technology that we have currently and the rate at which technology advances. Computers are integrated in to so much of life now, that it would be hard to imagine life without computers. But, is there a dark side to this? Can the technology that we know and love turn against us?
To put it simple; technology is not the problem, nor will it ever be. The only problem that man faces, is himself. Corruption, lies, deceit, war, greed, espionage; these are man’s true enemies. These enemies are near impossible to ever rid from existence, for there will always be someone who wants more than they deserve, someone who is willing to crush and ruin the lives of his fellow man just to live a little better. This has been seen although out history; from ancient times to the present. There were the tyrants’ of England that caused mass immigration to the new world, the corruption at Enron that caught national media attention and caused the loss of money and jobs to many, the Watergate Scandal that involved our own President! The list could go on forever, but in none of these cases was it the fault of technology or computers, it was man’s fault.
The same principal could be applied to any ethical decision too, whether it be technology, computers, or the merging between sciences like bioinformatics. The real question boils down to where does the seed of evil come from, and it is ourselves. The only way we can combat these seeds of evil is with unification in our communities, businesses, and government.