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Social Impact of Technology - GNED 1002

Social Impact of Technology - GNED 1002

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  • 2. How it started…  The earliest evidence of technology was some 2 million years ago when man started using tools like axes and scrapers to hunt animals with.  It was this thinking that would separate us from animal and make us into something more, Homo Sapiens.
  • 3. The potential to destroy Weapons  The art of war has been around for thousands and thousands of years, but it wasn’t till technology was incorporated with is that the results of these events ending up with mass casualties. The catapult was introduced in the Middle Ages to destroy walls of a castle.
  • 4. Weapons cont.  It wasn’t till the late 1300’s when guns were introduced to warfare.  This new technology was a game changer in war because it allowed a solder to avoid close combat, like using a sword, and potentially risking their owe life while fighting an enemy.  This gave the user a much greater advantage
  • 5. Weapons cont.  But nothing would have a greater affect on war then the introduction of the Atom Bomb during World War II.  It was credited to Albert Einstein, Enrico Fermi, Richard Feynman, J. Robert Openheimer, and Harold Urey for creating the first atomic bomb for the United States army.  This new weapon was so powerful it could completely destroy anything in a 1 mile radius and was the equivalent of 20,000 tons of TNT.
  • 6. Atom Bomb cont.  The future of nuclear warfare is quick scary. If you thought that the atomic bombs used in World War II were bad, you don’t want to know how devastating the hydrogen bomb can be.  The only ever hydrogen bomb detonated was the Tsar Bomba. It had a total destruction radius of 15 miles and almost 6000 times more powerful then the bomb dropped on Hiroshima Below is a link to the video of the Tsar Bomb being tested MtUeyDP0#at=186
  • 7. Nuclear Energy  Nuclear energy creates about 16% of the worlds electricity.  This is done by the principle of nuclear fission (ripping a atom in half).  The first major nuclear power plant was introduced in England.  This was done to combat the over usage of fossil fuels which has a limited supply on Earth.
  • 8. Chernobyl  On April 26, 1986 the nuclear power plant in Chernobyl, Ukraine exploded due to extremely unstable conditions in one of its reactors.  This created multiple fires around the plant setting of a second explosion.  The explosions released radioactive particles into the atmosphere.
  • 9. Chernobyl cont.  It has been estimated that 1.7 million people have been exposed to the radiation caused by the explosion.  The explosion also contaminated 146,300 square kilometers of soil.  Chernobyl won’t be habitable for the next 24,000 years.
  • 10. Genetic Modification  What if we, as humans, become genetically engineered so that we are created to live a certain way and become something we were preprogramed to. Does this take away our freewill, and without freewill our we not destroying humanity.
  • 11. Genetic Modification cont.  Work done in genetic modification does have its questionable actions but its not totally bad.  Genetic modification has helped us create food that can survive harsher climates slightly offsetting the increased demand for food as the population continues to grow.
  • 12. Conclusion  Technology is forever changing and the more we look into the future, the greater technology will become. Its like how people say “it’s people who kill people, not guns” well the same could be said for the technology WE created and how it affects our Earth.
  • 13. References:  The history of catapults. (n.d.). Retrieved from catapult.htm  Gun timeline. (2011). Retrieved from  The manhattan project. (1992). Retrieved from  Elert, G. (2002). Energy of a nuclear explosion. Retrieved from
  • 14. References cont.  Tsar bomba – the biggest bomb ever. (2010, 02 27). Retrieved from bomb-ever/  Nuclear energy. (n.d.). Retrieved from  Chernobyl and pripyat, ukraine. (n.d.). Retrieved from 1  What is genetic modification . (2013). Retrieved from Agriculture/WhatIsGM.aspx