Furthermore, computers manufacture needs because they do not meet real needs of people. Opponents of computer technology argue that computers do not meet any real needs because they do not produce any material value. Instead, they create virtual needs, which may be satisfied with the help of computers. To put it in simple words, computer technology cannot feed people literally that makes computer technology vulnerable to severe criticism, although such a view ignores business potential of computer technology, while many companies as well as individuals use computer technology to earn money or to launch their online business.
At the same time, opponents of computer technology argue that computers cause social inequity. In this regard, they are partially right because the accessibility of computer technology and the ability of individuals to use the full potential of computer technology. As a result, people, who have access to computer technology and can use its full potential are in an advantageous position compared to other people, who cannot use or create computer technology.
In addition, opponents of computer technology argue that computers are dehumanizing. In fact, computer technology contributes to the creation of virtual communities and people spend time online or while working on their computers. However, it does not mean that they stop all their social activities and real life relations with other people. They still can go through the process of socialization, regardless of computer technology.
One of the major threats associated with computer technology is the threat of separation of humans from nature and environment. In fact, computer technology has made the world highly technological widening the gap between technological world and nature. However, the industrialization had the same effects and progress of technologies, whether computer or others, will lead to widening gap between people and nature.
Finally, opponents of computer technology argue that computers do little or nothing to solve real human problems. However, this issue is debatable because computer technology helps to solution of numerous problems, for instance, it maintains communication between people regardless of physical distance. Therefore, computer technology can facilitate the life of people and to improve conditions of living but still there is a problem of widening gap between humans and nature.
Thus, taking into account all above mentioned, it is important to place emphasis on the fact that computer technology does change the world and human society. However, effects of such change are unclear and need detailed study. Obviously, computer technology has both advantages and disadvantages but it is people, who apply and develop this technology and, therefore, it is people, who are responsible for its effects.
Evaluations of the Impact of Computer Technology