Are technologies undoing our capacity to think? Will technology of the future overpower human strengths?

Suman Joshi
Founder, True North Associates

A human being is the most sophisticated system there is.  Whatever technologies we use today are results of our own senses, imagination, wisdom and knowledge. And each of us is using only a fraction of what we are potentially capable of as a human being. So there’s no technology that will overpower human strength. However, excessive use of and reliance on gadgets and computer technologies could lead to situations where we under-utilise capabilities of our own body and mind.

Sandesh Palungwa Limbu
Fitness Expert & Life Coach, Rage Fitness

Excessive dependence on technology like with almost anything else in life can be detrimental to the quality of human life. On a cerebral level it can shrink our capabilities to think out of the box, to think independently and to be more naturally resourceful. On a physical spectrum, it has definitely curtailed the amount of movement and physical exertion a body requires. It has changed our lifestyle to become excessively comfortable. We have also changed the way we consume our foods today with a tendency to eat more packaged and processed foods, none of which has helped our bodily functions.

While the benefits of technology are multiple in terms of medicine, travel, connectivity and our life spans have increased but the quality of life has been compromised, and mostly due to our own inability to discern and find balance.
We should be seriously contemplating the amount of technology interface we want in our professional and personal lives. People today cannot imagine life without the internet or electricity but we cannot forget that technology has its costs not just to the human life but to the environment. Tipping the scales excessively would be hazardous to life on this planet as we know it.

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