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  • Erik-Silver Toomere 04:39 on May 24, 2011 Permalink |
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    Is it all (ITGS; ICT; web apps; computers; bits and bytes) worth it? Wouldn’t it be better to move into a hut deep in the forest, read poetry and hunt for food? Do discuss! 

    INTRO

    For this question at hand there is a very simple answer: no. However looking at our modern world and the dependency on technology and all the dangers looming over us we may very well die any day – with or without warning; I will list a few: solar flares, zombie apocalypse, nuclear warfare. Note that the three mentioned have one thing in common: death of technology. For this I have devised a plan, the “How to Survive now that the Internet will be Gone for a rather very-very-very-very-VERY long Time”-plan.
    Note: If you are a person in the distance future (it’s 2011 currently, for reference IF you still use calendars) then this book/scroll/stone slab may or may not help you.

    CHAPTER I – death from above, or how I learned to fear the flare

    Sun – it gives us light and warmth. We depend on the energy of the Sun- just kidding, fossil fuels rule! Chances are, if you are reading this online then your room is shielded with blinds and you are whiter than snow living in your gamer den and listening to techno music. If not then sorry for insulting. Our sun is actually a fierce killer, as it burns at one-zillion degrees and spews cosmic radiation towards us we have to thank our magnetic and atmospheric fields around the Earth because we still aren’t well done (read: cooked alive).
    But if indeed one nice day the Sun decides to hurl a solar flare towards us and our sweet Earth decides to let it through (actual possibility, Earth probably hates us even more than the Sun) then our technology will be a goner, also you have a slightly higher risk of cancer.

    THE LOSSES and THE IMPACT:
    Firstly our satellites will sizzle up like you poured a can of Coke on a computer, this in turn will severly hinder global communications and navigation systems.
    Secondly anything in the top layers of the atmosphere will lose all modern technology – airplanes for example will become gigantic metal missiles.
    Thirdly the last layers of communication and radio give up because all the broadcast towers will fizzle out.
    Fourthly all personal technology (smart cars, mobile phones, computers, household technology etc.) will be a goner.
    It will be like the Middle Ages again but now we’ll have tons of metal and useless technology laying around. A large proportion of the world will probably die out since they rely on computers for every single task. The impact will certainly be gigantic on the First and Second Worlds however the Third World may not lose so much.

    CHAPTER II – GRRR-raaah braaains* (zombie apocalypse)

    Ah yes, it sure is great to live in the future! Where all the plants are grown in laboratories and they all… er… look exactly the same!? But the taste! The taste is sen- they taste like water, like dirty-dirty water from the horriblemist gutter you can imagine.
    Well at least we aren’t doing the same things to animals! Oh, we are? Well at least it won’t spread to humans! It can? Excuse me folks, I have to go to my local supermarket and load up on tinned food and shotguns because we are on the verge of a zombie apocalypse!

    THE LOSSES and THE IMPACT:
    Firstly most of your closest people (co-workers, relatives, probably even your family) will either a) get really sick and die or b) get eaten alive and die but fret not, because…
    Secondly most of your closest people (co-workers, relatives, probably even your family) will come back as flesh-eating monsters.
    But that’s only the human factor, what about our dearly loved technology?
    The first week will be a-okay (apart from all the explosions, fire, flesh-eating monsters, gunfire, more flesh-eating monsters, looters etc.) since there’s enough power to keep the technology going.
    By the end of the first month most power plants will shut down and you’ll find yourself in darkness (surrounded by the flesh eating monsters) and all your technology will soon follow into the darkness, again it’ll be like the Middle Ages with lots of metal laying about everywhere but as an added bonus you’ll also have flesh-eating monsters lurking about.
    But even better news! after a couple of years all the nuclear power plants will begin overheating and they’ll start popping like popcorn, the world will be pretty much irradiated (refer to Chapter III for further assistance if that is the case) oh and did I mention the flesh-eating monsters?

    • terribly sorry if I insulted any zombie that has considered better ways/reintegrated into the society and thus follows the norm of not murdering somebody for the delicious gray matter

    CHAPTER III – Cold War just got hot; Gentleman, no fighting in the war room!

    Ahh yes, the Cold War… the grass was greener, the sky bluer and the threat of nuclear holocaust loomed over everybody. Well luckily times have changed, we not only have awesome technology and live in peaceful Utopias and the threat of nuclear weapons is gon- oh…
    Well let us find comfort in the fact that there are no nuclear weapons left in the worl- oh…
    Well at least no rogue nation or group can get their hands on nuclear weapons… they can, can’t they? Oh they already have the nukes?
    Well, prepare your tinned goods and foods, move into the Vault-Tec issued Fallout shelter and let us set the world on fire.

    THE LOSSES and THE IMPACT:

    Firstly exploding nuclear bombs produce an EMP blast which will instantly fry any technology, be it on or off, it’s still going to fry.
    Secondly it has been observed that an exploding nuclear bomb will produce great amounts of heat, technology does not like heat and heat equivalent to the Sun will melt even the most hard-corest of technological knick-knack.
    Thirdly, purely as a human factor, nuclear bombs also produce radiation, human body does not like radiation.
    Fourthly, depending on the scale of the nuclear conflict the surface of the world will be unusable from 100 to 100 000 000 years, which in layman’s terms is a looooooooong time (notice the amount of o’s, fear the amount of o’s).

    CONCLUSION:
    Only thing weaker than the human body is the technology we’ve grown to use and love.
    I’ll keep it short folks: we’re screwed.

     
  • Brent 04:26 on May 24, 2011 Permalink |
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    I.I.A.ITGS.ICT.W.A.C.B.A.B.W.I?.W.I.B.B.T.M.I.A.H.D.I.T.F.R.P.A.H.F.F?D. 

    Technology is all around us. We are really addicted to the stuff. I personally cannot imagine a life without technology. Communication, economy, medicine and politics all rely on technology and could not exist in a way as we have come to know it. Technology has made more opportunities possible than ever before. Though everybody agrees with this some people have begun to ask questions with the main concern of humans being to addictive of technology and ponder upon that the natural side of humans is dying. Would it be better to leave it all and go back into the forest?

    The answer of course is NO. First of all the whole, getting connected with nature, it is fun but people have forgotten how dangerous and unforgiving nature actually is. Watching it on Animal planet is not quite the same as living in it. Humans are not built to be super hunters. Compared to most mammals, we have no claws, we cannot climb, we do not see in the dark very well and so on. We are not fit for nature.

    Technology is our strongest weapon. With it we have created a nice friendly habitat where we can feel safe. It has developed for thousands of years, though only recently has it become so advanced and Great. So why should we live it. This would just be stupid. The possible reason is just, that some people think we have “won” nature, by creating our own little world in the world and now, we should just acknowledge victory and move back into the huts, leave our technology and let nature dictate our lives again. But this would just be stupid. I think no species would actually do it, including us and that is why we are probably never going to do it.

    Though it is stressful living in the modern world, worrying about things, that actually do not make a difference, it is still a much better plan, than living in the wild, hoping every day that a Grizzly bear does not come and bite my face off or something.

     
    • Paavo Viilup 06:58 on May 29, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      You do realise that mankind has lived without technology for far longer than with it? Can’t really say we are not fit for nature. Though I do agree that nuclear weapons are our claws and venom, in a way.

  • Sander 20:48 on May 23, 2011 Permalink |
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    Y u no live in hut? 

    The staggering evolution of technology in the past few decades might scare some. Many people have expressed their concern for technology taking over our word, as well as us humans. It is easy to be scared by modern science fiction movies, which depict a world where tyrannical robots have taken over the world and enslaved human kind. For the non-paranoid, however, the threat seems somewhat non existent. Having technology be a part of our everyday lives is a very beneficial factor .
    Telecommunications, for example, would probably be hindered the most. Without modern ICT technology, sending a message to another person would take days, instead of seconds. This would pretty much incapacitate world wide communications. Receiving a message to one’s forest hut would also be made impossibly difficult. A mailman would just wander around aimlessly and not get anything done. This would mean a catastrophe for international relations, as well as war time communications. It would be far more effective to use a system which can deliver a message around the globe in a matter of milliseconds. In addition, modern tech gives us the chance to talk to someone face to face, even when the other person is on the moon. Having this ability has moved society forward by large leaps. Giving it up would almost throw us back into the dark ages.
    Yet another example would be the accessibility of information. With the Internet, we can pretty much find information on anything that ever existed. Without exception. One might say that all of the world’s knowledge is contained on the Internet. Without it, all the same information would have to be contained in one spot on the earth, where someone would have to travel. Just to search through millions of pieces of information, which could take days or months. Therefore, having a medium, through which information can be found in mere seconds all around the world is the optimal solution.
    As for the people would prefer to live in a hut  and read poetry whilst sipping tea, the option is always available. But when considering the whole world, computers and ICT technology are an irreplaceable asset to almost every aspect of life.

     
  • Silver 14:09 on May 23, 2011 Permalink |
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    We all sprang from apes, but some didn’t spring far enough. 

    Since the invention of the first computer general purpose computer “ENIAC” in 1956, people have been hooked to the world of computers. Nowadays personal computers of various shape and size keep track of everything we do. So it seems that we, as humans, could not keep track of all of the information that that the computer age provides us with. But considering the effort that it takes to manufacture computers, keep up servers and get rid of the debris, is it all really worth it? Would it be better, if we turned back to our ancestors’ ways of living, thus ensuring our existence on this planet?

    As mentioned, our life greatly depends on computers and the capabilities they provide. Computer technology is used to keep track, use and distribute the information that we acquire in daily bases. If this information was to disappear, could we function the way we do? Could we really have the life we have now, if there was no possibility to “Google” for information, to book flights online, to look for online-news, to communicate with our friends online? The list of possibilities that the computer offers extends close to infinity. So could we live now, how our ancestors used to live, knowing that a simple device offers all of the solutions? As of now, no, we are just in too deep.

    Unfortunately, as to anything, there is two sides to this topic. The capabilities, as mentioned before, are endless, but does anyone at this moment consider how much harm is done to our environment due to PC casualties? According to Chris Arnold, the pollution and energy cost in 2003-2004 in the USA alone spans for over 1$ billion on a yearly bases.” For all computers, that is nothing” one can say. No this loss of energy is only due to computer monitors, not being properly shut-off after use. If all the losses were to be added together, the outcome would be in billions of tons of pollution gas, not to mention all the financial losses it causes. But who is to be blamed for this? The, in this case, inconsiderate human. So at this point, the option would be to turn back to the ways of our ancestors. Only this could decelerate our journey to total extinction, who knows, may be we could just be healthy once again.

    In conclusion, the question,whether the human should live in luxury and suffer the consequences or live in peace and harmony with nature is to be decided by every individual separately. One thing is for certain: at this pace, the human race is heading for a luxurious extinction.

     
    • Paavo Viilup 08:52 on May 29, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Interesting perspective on the issue, I esspecially like the phrase “luxurious extinction”. Minor language and grammar annoyances, though. “just inn too deep”?

  • Taavi 11:07 on May 23, 2011 Permalink |
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    “Is it all (ITGS; ICT; web apps; computers; bits and bytes) worth it? Wouldn’t it be better to move into a hut deep in the forest, read poetry and hunt for food? “ 

    Nowadays all our life is computerized and we do not understand how much on them do we rely. To understand this we would have to think of the world without computers and compare it with living in a hut deep in the forest, reading poetry and hunting food.

    Imagine that one day there is no electricity, which could become a reality in 2012 during the enormous sun storms. Imagine an ordinary work day. You wake up and realize that your mobile did not wake you up, in fact it is dead. You do not know what time it is because all of the clocks have stopped at 0:00 AM. You do however understand that it is not the right time as the sun is shining bright outside. You walk into the kitchen and want to fry yourself some eggs, but you cannot because your stove works using a microchip which does not have power. You look at the fridge and see that it is empty. You decide that you go to shop to buy something. Your door does not open because it works using a remote system. No worries, you crawl out of the window and step into the car, as it can be opened using the key. You want to start the car but it does not start, as it needs a confirmation from the motherboard and electricity to ignite, which it obviously cannot as there is none. So you decide to take a walk to the shop, but you realise that you have used metro every time you go on foot. Luckily you remember that metro works on fuel in your city, so you wait at the station. Then someone comes and tells you that the mainframe of the metro does not work and metros are not in service. You get mad and move back to your hut in the forest. Yes, you are living in a computerized house in the middle of a forest. You give up on life and start reading poetry and decide to hunt animals for food.

    But what if there was no info technology at first place. What if you were already used to hunting food and reading poetry? The answer is everything would still be normal, just another kind of normal. So to ask yourself is it all (ITGS; ICT; web apps; computers; bits and bytes) worth it, then the answer is of course no.

     
    • Joel L 13:02 on May 23, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      so, on a good—-bad scale,
      hut-in-forest life and your current life are equal?

      • Silver 14:11 on May 23, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        @Taavi Very original approach

      • Taavi 16:14 on May 23, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        If my hut has a tennis court next to it, then I think there is nothing more that I need. And yes, I do not need computers to play tennis…(wooden rackets, natural strings, leather ball, if you were wondering)
        So yes hut-in-forest life would be equal to my current life.

  • Paavo Viilup 07:30 on May 23, 2011 Permalink |
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    Another essay Monday (almost the last) 

    This needs to be done by Tuesday (May 24) 10 AM.

    The topic is this: “Is it all (ITGS; ICT; web apps; computers; bits and bytes) worth it? Wouldn’t it be better to move into a hut deep in the forest, read poetry and hunt for food? Discuss.”

    And a reminder concerning tomorrow: you have the opportunity to work on your essay/ratemyfood for 100 minutes. Do not use the time for working, checking out memes and other irrelevancies as the due date for both is Thursday.

     
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