ON REGULATING MACHINES!

ON REGULATING MACHINES!
With the dawning of machines came the end of Truth, Goodness, and Beauty. Fifty years ago, people hardly depended on machines. Machines like telephones and telegraph machines were the prerogative of very few people and dependence on technology was minimal. People were totally in control of their own lives and life was simple, not complicated.

Then descended the greatest gift of science to mankind i.e. machines. Things changed slowly and machines like computers, fax-machines, mobile phones etc. have become an indispensable part of our lives. The internet has revolutionized communication and things are available at the flick of a finger. Information has become very accessible to one and all.

Things look rosy, don’t they? Think again! Let’s foresee the tyranny of the machine. Surgeons have now started operating on people using robots. Robots are taking over most human functions.

What do humans do then? How long is it before computers and robots take over thinking for humans also? If machines can play chess with humans, is it not possible in the near future that they control human beings absolutely? One of the examples of technology becoming indispensable is the case of electric failures that bring cities to a grinding halt.

Are we becoming puppets to technology? Instead of technology being under our control, is not technology controlling us slowly?

A lot has been written about this, but nothing is being done about it. Some regulation, legal or otherwise, is required to regulate this uncontrolled development of technology. Ethics and public censure alone will not suffice.
Technology being indispensable is not worrisome, but technology producing technology definitely is. We can think with the help of machines, but let not machines think for us!

Technology has its darker side. Let this abuse in the name of science not start taking over mankind. International law limiting such misuse is the need of the day!

We can free ourselves from this terrible tyranny of the machine by regulating the dehumanizing influence of the machine on mankind.

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