September 14, 2002





Is technology a good thing?

It's niether good nor bad. It is. Those how develop and use it, on the other hand?? Well that is a different story.

Felicia, 36
Lowell, MA USA

As has been said of many nouns, both concrete and abstract, "Technology is a good servant and a bad master."

Jill, 61
Saylorsburg, PA USA

It's hard for me to think of technology in terms of "good" and "bad". It's neutral.

Laura, 37
Lowell, MA USA

Hey, if there wasn't technology, I wouldn't be answering this email.

Janet, 44
E. Brunswick, NJ USA

Some is!

Karen, 22
Ames, IA USA

Most of the time, yes -- when it leads to medical breakthroughs, improved communication, an easier life, or good jobs. No, when it involves weapons of mass destruction.

Jane, 62
West Linn, OR USA

It depends on the ethical and moral values behind the technology. For example, an personal computer is a good thing because it helps educate students. Technology is bad when it is used for something evil, like building atomic bombs or other nuclear weapons.

Melodi, 19
Gahanna, OH USA

It's neither good nor bad. It just is. It's what we do with it that's improtant. I love it.

Judy, 62
Easton, KS USA

Without it we wouldn't be reading or responding to these questions. Sure it's a good thing.

Fisch, 47
Preston, CT USA

It would be pretty hypocritical to say no-- I use technology for so much. Of course I suppose that there are people who might take it to far.

Cara, 18

In general, probably not. Although sure, it saves lives, i mean, i really think nature designed us as a race not to live so long :P Technology in general makes our lives easier, but i think that it has really worsened the planet as a whole.

Talia, 25
Stamford, CT USA

Yes and No. Technology has made things faster and more convienient. It has helped locate people and form lines of communication between countries. It has also threatened to destroy the world. It seems like the more information we aquire, the crazies out there have more and improved ways of
killing. We would've never thought in the 17 or 1800s that a nuclear bomb could end civilazation as we know it. It was fantasy in sci-fi novels. Now look at the world. There's a price to pay for anything, good or bad. Technology can give life ( cloning) and destroy it.

Em, 16
Harrisburg, PA USA

Yes, as I sit here writing this email with my clothes in the washing machine, the dishes in the dishwasher, and my dinner in the oven.

Christopher, 28
San Mateo, CA USA

I'm not sure I understand this question... or rather, understand why it would be asked. How is it NOT a good thing?

Doug2, 29
Overland Park, KS USA

Generally yes. However, it's subject to the same moral considerations as all other aspects of human action and development.

Firelady, 24
Frisco, TX USA

Besides being biased because I'm studying physics, I have to say that that's a silly question. Technology brought you both the computer and the internet, through which we can talk. If you have kids, technology lowered the infant mortality rate to about .006%. I just talked to my friend who found out today that she has strep throat, and technology is keeping her alive.

Cancer, 20

Most of the time it's good, but I can see how sometimes it's a detriment to society.

Tracy, 24
Ocean City, NJ USA

Yes it is wonderful! Wish my friends had lived long enough to enjoy it as I know they would have.


yes and no im undecided

Brad, 21
Sydney AUSTRALIA helps to save lives.


On the whole, I think it is. I think we are a little too dependent on it, though.

Jeremy, 14
Highlands Ranch, CO USA

Depends on who uses it, and how they use it.

Ryan, 29
Morton, IL USA

Yesterday/` Tomorrow