Increasing Access

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/26/technology/facebook-meets-skepticism-in-bid-to-expand-internet-in-india.html?ref=technology&_r=0

Mark Zuckerberg (chief of Facebook) and Narendra Modi (prime minister of India) host live chat to discuss the spread of internet access.
Mark Zuckerberg (chief of Facebook) and Narendra Modi (prime minister of India) host live chat to discuss the spread of internet access.

Tackling the issue of “do we really need technology?” it is interesting to read an article like this one, about bringing the Internet to areas of the world that don’t have access to it. These people have been living without the Internet their whole lives, and once introduced to it, not many actually decide that they need it.

It’s very different from the point of view that we have here, where millions of Americans have access to the internet and to technologies every day. It is actually surprising to see someone who is not staring at their phone, and we have discussed the social changes that may have resulted due to this increase of the availability of technology.

The internet can be useful in a number of ways, but is the rapid spread of its use really what we want? Will we become a world where it is impossible to see someone without a phone in hand, where basic human communication and connection are lost? If every person in the world has access to the internet, it will be harder even to imagine a life without it. Soon no one will remember the time that came before, and then what will we have lost? We have to consider the social and economic consequences of technology, and think of realize what we do when we spread that influence around the world.

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