Novelty or Nuisance?

The human race has become so incredibly intelligent that we’ve found a variety of means by which technology or technological devices can essentially take over our work, or simplify it, at the very least. The bulk of these advancements serve to improve our quality of life; however, do they come at a certain cost?

I found myself pondering that very question over the past couple of days after perusing a couple of online articles.

Let’s face it: Humans are highly creative beings who thrive on trying to reach their full potential, and the motivation to simplify various aspects of our lives often drives us to immensely innovative pursuits. As technologies continue to advance in scope, the possibilities of inventing, modifying or improving appear to be boundless.

Of course, it would take more than just a column to ramble on about the great strides people have made to facilitate continual advancements and breakthroughs in science and technology — most of which serve to simplify and drastically raise our quality of life.

But I will cite just a few examples of technological advancements that some may embrace and others may consider somewhat controversial.

Say you’ve made out-of-town holiday plans, but are dreading the drudgery of flying. Well, the good news is that the folks at the Department of Homeland Security are working on one of their latest airport screening projects, with the goal of making your travel plans easier and safer.

The project, which is still partially…


Deanna Hartley

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