"The computer is a boon and not a curse to mankind." Do you agree/disagree?"The computer is a boon and not a curse to mankind." Do you agree/disagree?

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amarang9 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I agree with all that the computer has not been a curse. It has been a boon for all of the reasons stated. There was a similar debate about writing in the ancient world. I'm referring to Plato's discussions about it in the Phaedrus. You can see the analogy. Plato saw writing as one step further removed from speech and then the mind. He also thought that it would replace memory: if you wrote things down, you didn't have to remember it. This is an oversimplified summary of his views against writing, but you can see the analogy with writing and technology. Both increased potential exponentially, but like machines, writing/technology does some work that used to be done mentally. Plato was looking at writing more philosophically than practically: he thought of writing as external, alien, like a germ, whereas speech is part of a more living, immediate link to the mind. Writing did not replace memory; it supplemented memory. No one in their right mind would say that writing is a curse. After all, Plato did write. Computers merely supplement human thought, instead of replacing it. As long as computers are just supplemental, they will never be a curse.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think it would be hard to seriously argue that computers have been, overall, a curse to mankind.

Computers have changed our lives and, I think, very much for the better.  So many things are so much simpler now than they were in the days before computers and the internet.

To me, personally, the biggest thing about computers is how they allow me to keep in touch with family and friends.  Here's an example:

When I was growing up, we lived very far from my maternal grandparents.  Every now and then, my mom would try to tape record us (reel to reel!!) and send our voices to them.  That was a difficult process and it was time consuming.  It also cost a lot to have all the equipment and to send the tapes.

Right now, my 4 year-old has just learned to read.  I recorded her reading on my mp3 player (no cost for tapes or anything, easy to do) and emailed it to my parents.  They got it the same day and were able to email back telling my daughter how happy they were.

That seems like a boon to me...

readerofbooks eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This is a loaded question and can be taken in so many different ways. So, let me pick up a few strands of thought. The computer has revolutionized human civilization in many positive ways. For example, we can do immense calculations, make ground breaking advancement in science, and leaps and bounds when it comes to things like communication. However, these very things also have a dark side. Perhaps we are becoming too dependent on computers and forgetting how to do things for ourselves. Also what will happen when computers break down? Finally, even in the area of communication, there are problems. If we simply communicate virtually, we lose the sense of community. The face to face interaction is gone. In short, what we need is moderation in all things.

Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The reality seems to be that with the preponderance of computers they have to be seen as some level of a boon.  The problems with computers aside, human capacity and potential has been increased with the assistance of computers.  The abilty to network, help develop greater capacity, and, simply, "do more" has helped to make computers quite beneficial to human beings.  If we think about it, with the ending of the Cold War and emergence of the internet and computer technology, the computer has developed as a way to connect individuals and develop a greater sense of community throughout the world.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
I think that overall the computer is a boon to mankind because it made the world smaller. We are more able to understand each other and appreciate and celebrate our differences when we can share information and knowledge. That can only help us.
suzannah304 | Student

According to me, the computer can be a boon to mankind if it is used optimistically and not with bad ideas in mind.

giorgiana1976 | Student

Besides the practical unquestioned advantages  , the indiscriminately use of the computer,created dark or violent personalities dangerous for society.

versatilekamini | Student

According to me the computer is boon to mankind. People are helpless without computer. Today it is the employments of millions of people. Computer is the greatest invention on earth especially for students. In fact, students and teachers are encouraged to use Information and Communication technology. 

It connects everyone in world. We can communicate with each other. The computer has made everybody's life easier. According to the recent research kids play online games regularly have better reaction time, visual activity and dexterity than kids who do not play games on computer. Games help children to identify things in a faster way, to develop skills in sport and business.  

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