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Módulo 3: O Mundo Tecnológico The Social Impact of Technology

There is no doubt that technological change brings about social change. The Industrial revolution saw many people displaced from their land, to find wor in crowded city factories. !erfdom was abolished and the population shifted from villages to the cities. !trong family ties, self"sufficiency and the right to occupy land were replaced with uncertain tenancy of land, dependency on trade and a wea ening of the family unit.

#conomically, goods and money abounded, and trade flourished. The merchant class profited from the wealth that was generated on the bac s of the displaced population of urban wor ers. $hildren were sent to wor in factories, in order for families to ma e enough money to live. The peasant class wor ed long hard hours in poor conditions with no security. The Industrial revolution led to the alienation of the wor ing class and although many union battles have since led to the adoption of better wor ing conditions, the effects of the Industrial revolution remain. The family unit is even more vulnerable today with soaring divorce rates, high rates of teenage suicide, most of society are either heavily mortgaged to ban s or paying high rents, and no one can be self"sufficient in a world governed by free wheeling free trade.

%dvances in technology, is generally not e&uitably shared within society. 'eople with money have more opportunity to a&uire technology, which enables them to ac&uire even more wealth. It is also important to remember that war has been and will continue to be the driving force for technology and innovation. 'ower and wealth are intrinsically tied together.

Technology leads to greater social economic division. (aborers are viewed as commodities and e)pendable. Technology leads to alienation because it can create *obs that re&uire no specialist nowledge.

To date, since the industrial revolution we have seen technology used to the detriment of society. The right to occupy land has become a privelege that must be wor ed for and earned and now the battle is on to control all the world+s food and te)tiles through genetically modified,-M. seeds and animals. The insidious part of -M is that there is no recall once it is released into the environment. !almon that will grow ten times faster than normal salmon will destroy river systems, as their unfair genetically modified advantage will see all smaller life forms e)tinguished, and genetically modified crops that are dependent on pesticides will contaminate organic, heritage seeds that have
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This fight is more important that the fight over open source because it involves the right of people everywhere to have clean. . pigs that haven+t been grown to harvest anthra) antibodies. Only a return to responsible organic and biodynamic farming practices will solve these problems. It brings about a new era.Módulo 3: O Mundo Tecnológico sustained people for thousands of years. #"commerce will create efficiencies that effectively remove the need for a long supply chain but at the e)pense of social relationships. who challenged the status &uo. do not care about the irreversible damage to the environment. people and animals that they cause. but it is more accurate to argue that efficiency brings about greater wealth for shareholders. meat and mil that is free of human 12%. directors and owners. water and land.through genetic engineering that not only renders the seed worthless for replanting the ne)t year but also contaminates non" -M crops by cross pollination. 8 . In its raw form it was the playground of hac ers and computer gee s. or -M seed ma ers for monopoli3ing the world+s seeds through patents. The greedy corporations and individuals that want control over our food. The internet in its current form was developed as a free e)change of information. #ssentially -M is a ta) on everyone because a patent will be on every seed and seeds are made to be sterile the following year. The free flow of information. #fficiency brings about lower prices for the consumer. can be disentangled and made into a hori3ontal supply chain. %lready the ma*ority of the world+s seed stoc is controlled by a handful of corporations. safe food that has not been genetically altered. the technological revolution. 0e have the right to eat tomatoes that are free of fish 12%. The 45 harmful effects of -M food $ourts are not een to pursue pesticide ma ers for poisoning farmers. !eeds will no longer be able to be harvested and replanted but the farmer will have to buy new seed every year from -M seed ma ers. and pollution of rivers from artificial fertili3ers and pesticides. 2or will -M solve the problem of soil erosion. The intrinsic weave of social interactions of trade. #"commerce will affect the middle man and allow direct trade with consumers. They will never be able to prove the safety of -M food and no long term studies have been done. there will be winners and losers to technological revolution. This is something to become angry about. unregulated by any one government or owned by any one person or company. has brought about technological advances at an unprecedented rate and has made many rich and brought companies who failed to adapt to a standstill. 6ow will this technological revolution impact on our society7 If the industrial revolution is anything to go by.

if all that nowledge and power were to be used to oppress and control. 'eople are reduced to consumers and suppliers. technology has gone too far. and there are more people counting beans than growing them > 3 . the barriers of trade between individuals in different countries are non"e)istent. and perhaps even whether that pi33a ad ma es you pic up the phone and call for a pi33a. and trade can commerce between two individuals who would otherwise never have met.555 farmers. Of course it is possible to do business without a website or email or mobile phone or a fa) machine. nowing by -'! where you are by trac ing your mobile phone. The internet dissolves national boundaries. 0hile at the same time. when you watch it.555 accountants and =4. if they do not embrace the technological advances in communication and trade that the internet brings. Technology can lead to alienation if it is not widely dispersed in society. it can be a scary world. whether or not you switch off an ad. 9esisting the tide of technological change is impossible. :ut business today is about competition. $ompany contact details are searchable through powerful search engines. 'eople have been doing business well before any of these gadgets were invented. free trade means fierce competition without the protection of award wages. will it challenge the status &uo or will it lead to greater population control7 The latter is probably more li ely. reading your credit card statements. reading emails. and technology is about leverage.Módulo 3: O Mundo Tecnológico The effect of e"commerce. The Industrial age saw the concentration of technology in the hands of the rich and powerful. and the conse&uences for cities that have developed as centers of administration and trade will be disastrous. Machines have allowed people to move away from physical wor . and with access to tapping phone lines. On the upside. and the internet will impact on every society on the earth. is being pushed in the guise of better &uality but the benefits to those who own the systems is that they will be able to trac what you watch. <nowledge is power. %lready. so that now in %ustralia there is /55. 'erhaps. %lready technology li e digital T. allowing them to dominate and subdue the population into harsh wor ing conditions and the social impact of the internet and computers is only *ust beginning. and many will loo on this time as the golden age of the internet. technology has made the developed world a richer place to the detriment of the environment.

you can ta e the matter to local Trades office or file legal action in your state. the vast ma*ority of business was done locally. that are happy to accept companies that want to run online gambling websites that may be outlawed in their *urisdiction or companies that wish to reduce their ta) liabilities by opening up ban accounts in developing countries. we have a world which is governed by local laws and yet the businesses and individuals are now actively trading outside of their local area. 0hat are the implications7 If you buy a product from a local supplier in your !tate. Technology has rapidly changed the way people do business but there has not adapted to the changes. 6istorically. -overnments are ma ing agreements. -overnments are trying to ma e laws about content on the internet but have no *urisdiction to enforce those laws. airplanes and telephones. you must file a claim in the !tate. This has created havens in small developing countries. 0e see arising now a homogeni3ing of local laws on issues li e !'%M. in an attempt to be relevant in a world where people are able to trade more freely and where digital communication has enabled businesses to wor . you can go bac to your supplier to wor out repair or replacement and if they don+t help you. Therefore. you buy a product outside your *urisdiction. There is no one body that governs international trade. your local lawyer can only act as a consultant and has no authority to represent you in court or to serve papers. If however. where the supplier is located. :usiness names and the Internet @ .Módulo 3: O Mundo Tecnológico Impact of technology on government The legal system is dependent on local *urisdictions under common law. ?ou can only use a lawyer in the !tate where you file your action. one has to remember that before the age of the internet. almost without physical boundaries. and it turns out that the item is faulty. and even sending a international letter from anywhere in the world involves the completion of almost identical forms.

ta e about international trademar s and find a name that has not already been ta en. #ven if they contact lawyers to register all the domain names and trademar s to avoid disputes. legal action can still be ta en against them. in a way the 9oman $aesars could only have dreamed of %ctivity: 1iscussion 4 . because of the urban poor that have migrated to cities for improved services and *ob opportunities. It has allowed huge cities to arise. as companies tussle of business names and the rights to use those names and a court system that is unable to deal effectively with international disputes over business names and has resulted in greater costs to people who want to start a business as they must register multiple domain names. money wins almost every time. ?ou would go to your local business registration office in your !tate and apply for a business name. your %ustralian company name may be the same as the name of a company overseas.Módulo 3: O Mundo Tecnológico In the beginning. Technology has spawned the growth of modern society but it is also now used to control the population. unless companies want to relocate to safe havens in developing countries where they cannot be pursued in court. you would lodge forms with %!I$ to incorporate a company and you then have rights to use your business name e)clusively in %ustralia and its territories.both local and international. 6owever. with the birth of the internet.. $onclusion Technology has allowed man to move from manual labour of the fields to cities and machines. you would choose another name. This has resulted in legal action being ta en. it was easy to start a new business. In %ustralia. If it was ta en. Most people do not reali3e that a business name is only valid for the !tate that it is registered in and the only way to protect your business name is to incorporate a company. %nd when it comes to *ustice.

(oo ing bac to the prehistoric age until now. 0hat are the dangers of some technological advances7 @.Módulo 3: O Mundo Tecnológico /. what those advances ma e you feel7 %re you agreeing with all progress or do you thin that in some level we are losing something along the way7 A . 0hat do you thin about all those social changes7 8. 0hat ing of society we are created7 0hat ind of person do you thin we are becoming7 3.