Scientific technology a boon or a bane ?I do think it is a boon. Revolution in scientific technologies have helped us overcome most of the mysteries of life.

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pacorz | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

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Both, depending on your point of view. From the individual standpoint of a person who lives in a developed nation, technology is certainly a good thing most of the time. As 2 pointed out, there are a lot of things that help us lead longer, healthier, and more comfortable lives. No one can realistically argue that preventing children from catching a crippling disease like polio is a bad thing.

On the other side of the coin, technology has been largely responsible for the current ecological crisis on the planet. The same technologies that allow us to live longer lives also contribute to overpopulation. Technology is the cause of climate change, deforestation, pollution, overfishing, and groundwater shortages, just to name a few.

Ultimately I don't think you can make a cogent argument as to whether technology is a bane or a boon, because technology in and of itself is morality neutral; it's just a tool. It's how people use it that determines the outcome.

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Karen P.L. Hardison | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

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If technology has some responsibility based upon fact instead of conjecture behind it, then it is a boon, for example, the Internet allows me to earn my living from home. If technotlogy has only conjecture and supposition to confirm the science, as is the case with the domestic toxic chemical industry--plasticizers phthalates; dioxins; formaldehyde in clothing, grooming and home goods; POPs; PCBs; surfactants; mold retardants; insect retardants; fire retardants; stain retardants; all manner of other VOCs and things I can't recall--then it is a bane and, in fact, has been responsible for negative genetic developments for our race and our plants and animals and fish and foul.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I don't think that we've overcome the "mysteries" of life, but that's not the point, I guess.

I do agree that technology has been a boon overall.  We have much longer and better lives today than people have ever had in the history of the world.  This is due to technological advances such as vaccines, better kinds of seeds and chemicals for agriculture that make life longer and various kinds of technologies like computers and air conditioning and such that make life easier.

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brettd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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In general, scientific advances have helped us to live better. What has been a bane, perhaps, is the unintended consequences of scientific research that have become problematic. The development and spread of nuclear weapons, nuclear waste, the long term effects of genetically modified foods, and the rapid rise of carbon in the atmosphere and the resulting Climate Change are all examples of scientific technology coming back to bite us in some way.
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Lori Steinbach | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I agree that technology has been an overall boon for society--I say, as I sit in an air-conditioned house on a VERY hot day. I also agree that how technology is used in what becomes controversial. What I notice the most because of technology is the widening gap between those who have access to it and those who do not. That disparity is something that must change, it seems to me.

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think you can argue that science and technology have really improved our lives.  We live longer and are more productive.  We have more liesure options.  All in all, we have more opportunities.  There are some ways that technology complicates our lives, of course.  I do not think that those complications trump all of the advantages.

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shivankshekhar | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Honors

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I think it to be Bane as it lead to the various types of polution in the environment leading to the various types of health problems & reducing the life span of living organisms in many cases.

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mahijain | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

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it is dependable on us how we use it

if we use it as in good purposes its a boon

and if we use it in atom bombs and for destrucction of mankind and nature it will turn out to be a bane

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truthseekah | (Level 1) Salutatorian

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I very much agree with #3.  Technology is a tool that allows us to live longer and is being used to kill our planet.  I think as a people we have a general belief that technology is essentially good.  Unfortunately, this belief has shielded much of the malicious uses of technology, allowing the plundering of our natural resources.

I don't think we can outright say technology has improved the quality of life because that is very subjective.