Essay Science and Technology
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Science and Technology
` The Internet, which is becoming a sort of technological utopia for some, is becoming a technological nightmare for others. The relationship between science and technology has always been pretty equal, linked through their shared goal of helping to improve society. But now, in the 21st century, it seems like technology is outgrowing its niche. The question that todays society needs to ask itself is this: Exactly how far is too far? For some this is a hard question, and for others, especially those in the medical field, it is an easy question to answer. Then of course there are the people who, like myself, are stuck in the middle and not sure which side is right. With all the positive scientific and…show more content…
Right now the choice is just science fiction, but just barely so. Scientists say the time is coming when parents will indeed be able to pick their childrens genetic make-up. (www.pop.sci.com.) The question presented now is if this is morally right and okay. This process can and will challenge our fundamental thinking about who we are and what it means to be human. Do we, as human beings, have the right to take the creation of life into our own hands and attempt to play God? Should we really be allowed to remake human biology? Personally, I believe in the saying that life is a gamble, you gotta take what you get and deal with it. However, Im not saying that scientific technology is entirely a bad thing. Scientists already know that inheriting good genes can give some people a powerful edge. They know a few of the combinations of genes that can help people resist some of the life-threatening diseases out there, so one goal of human engineering could be to help those who are genetically less fortunate by sharing these built-in health advantages. Another advantage of scientific technology is the new mechanical heart. For some patients with failing hearts, doctors will soon be able to utilize an amazing device: the first totally implantable artificial heart that has no wires or tubes outside the body. For thousands of Americans suffering from diseased hearts, and for the doctors who treat them, this has been one of the most compelling yet unattainable goals for more than
Science, technology and innovation each represent a successively larger category of activities which are highly interdependent but distinct. Science contributes to technology in at least six ways: (1) new knowledge which serves as a direct source of ideas for new technological possibilities; (2) source of tools and techniques for more efficient engineering design and a knowledge base for evaluation of feasibility of designs; (3) research instrumentation, laboratory techniques and analytical methods used in research that eventually find their way into design or industrial practices, often through intermediate disciplines; (4) practice of research as a source for development and assimilation of new human skills and capabilities eventually useful for technology; (5) creation of a knowledge base that becomes increasingly important in the assessment of technology in terms of its wider social and environmental impacts; (6) knowledge base that enables more efficient strategies of applied research, development, and refinement of new technologies.
The converse impact of technology on science is of at least equal importance: (1) through providing a fertile source of novel scientific questions and thereby also helping to justify the allocation of resources needed to address these questions in an efficient and timely manner, extending the agenda of science; (2) as a source of otherwise unavailable instrumentation and techniques needed to address novel and more difficult scientific questions more efficiently.
Specific examples of each of these two-way interactions are discussed. Because of many indirect as well as direct connections between science and technology, the research portfolio of potential social benefit is much broader and more diverse than would be suggested by looking only at the direct connections between science and technology.