Technology will destroyour planetPrepared by: Matthew Cuggy
Humans and Violence-Human beings have been usingtheir technology for violence sincethe being.-Homo Habilis was our firstancestor to develop tools-It did not take them look todiscover the use of tools forviolence.-Home Erectus used a variety ofweapons for hunting. Such as:Axes, Knives, and spears.
Humans and Violence Continued As humans evolved so did our technology. So instead of hitting each other with tools we made from stone we killed each other with metal weapons and later on guns. Humans have fought for many reasons over the centuries; Land, Religion, Pride, and just for the sake of violence. All these violent acts require resources to start and resources to fix the damage. This way humans have destroyed many natural resources in the pursuit of violence
War and Technology Technology does advance because of war and conflict An example of a technology that was developed because of war is the microwave. However, a lot of the technology developed in war is can’t be used in the common home, and some can and have contributed to the hurting our planet.
The Atomic Bomb The atomic bomb was developed in world war 2. Atomic bombs use the energy of splitting atoms to release tremendous amounts of energy. The first atomic bomb was used on Hiroshima in Japan in 1945.
The Atomc Bomb Continued Because of the atomic bomb’s high destructive power, it destroyed landscapes (resouces and native life), buildings, and humans. The real disaster of a nuclear device is not the intial destruction but the radiation that comes after. The radioactive particles not only cause mutation and disease in humans but in the animals and plants in the surrounding area. If radiation enters into a water source, that water source can become poisonous and lethal to the living creatures that drink from it. In this was a nuclear weapon does not just kill it also infects the land and water.
Nuclear Energy Nuclear energy is a good resource for power, however, it carries with it a huge risk to our environment. A example of this is Chernobyl. Two nuclear reactors exploded and caused radiation to destroy the surrounding environment. The site around Chernobyl will not be able to support life for many years because of the radiation damaged caused by the explosion.
Technology and the Environment As technology advances and is mass produced the amount of raw resources needed increases as well As we continue to destroy different location for the resources we damage the environment. Not to mention the local wildlife that calls those locations home.
Technology and the EnvironmentContinued A major resource that humans use, and the environment needs, is trees. Humans have already cut down over half of the worlds rainforests for the resources. These rainforest are responsible for the creation of a lot of our oxygen. So while we are destroying the rainforests we are also destroying ourselves.
Planes, Trains, and Automobiles The automobile can be argued to be one of the best inventions to date. It gets us from point A to point B in a fast manner. Same with planes and Trains. However, the fossil fuels used in the performance of these technologies is hurting our evironment. The amount of CO2 in the atmosphere has increased with the amount of cars that are being used. This can cause harm to our planet by trapping ambient heat within our atmosphere and warming the planet. This could cause major environmental changes that most of the organic life forms on our planet could not surive.
Cyborgs!!! With the rise in technology, humans are finding more and more ways to improve themselves and the way we do things. Ex. The Cochlear implant allows for deaf people to hear in a way. People are allowing for more foreign equipment to be implanted into their bodies. The end result…. Who knows? We could advance so that we do not need resources to live or we could further destroy the planet in search of resources or for the simple pleasure of it.
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