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As people rely more and more on technology to solve problems, the ability of humans to think for themselves will surely deteriorate.

Write a response in which you discuss the extent to which you agree or disagree with the statement and explain your reasoning for the position you take. In developing and supporting your position, you should consider ways in which the statement might or might not hold true and explain how these considerations shape your position.

This topic raises the controversial issue of whether the world’s reliance on technology to solve problems leads to the deterioration of humans ability to think for themselves. Indisputably, technology has rendered some portions of the public lazy. Some individuals depend highly on technology in their day-to-day activities and without technology might be stymied in their attempts to solve problems. Notwithstanding the hindrance that absence of technology might pose to solving real life problems, this does not reduce humans ability to think for themselves. Thus, I generally disagree with the opinion that a world without the aid of technology will be a world with more thoughtful humans. Therefore, I argue that the presence of technology rather serves as a booster to the thinking ability of humans; making them more effective and efficient in tackling problems.

First of all, technology in the hands of thinking men leads to great strides and leaps in human development. I would like to point out that, considering the era before the advent of sophisticated technology, human development was slow if not at a standstill. However, the dawn of sophisticated technology notably during the 20th-21st century lead to improvement in human creativity and problem solving ability. To illustrate, let us look at the example of a vaccine for polio. Before the availability of technology necessary to develop such a vaccine existed, no one dared to imagine or think about a cure despite the numerous human lives lost to polio. In stark contrast, with the presence of technology, humans thought, dreamt and came up with ideas to work out a vaccine to solve the problem of polio. Consequently, it is pretty obvious that the presence of technology does not reduce the thinking ability of humans

Furthermore, technology has vastly improved communication making it possible for great minds at different ends of the globe to share ideas and think together. Specifically, research work in all fields has been vastly improved. Intellects from different origins can publish their ideas and findings on internet based platforms allowing for experts in that field to interact with one another, piece ideas together and solve global problems. Moreover, both common sense and personal experience have told us that the connection of more varying ideas about a particular problem can help overcome that problem swiftly. Hence, all evidence above demonstrates that technology does anything but boost human thinking.

Admittedly, opposing school of thought argue that technology makes humans lazy and underuse their thinking faculties. An example being, the use of computers to perform mathematical calculations instead of humans doing it themselves. However, the above argument does not constitute a sufficient support to the claim that humans think less when technology is present. Because most of these calculations performed by computers are mundane and tedious and do not require the creative thinking ability of humans. If anything, they amount to a waste of brainpower on unnecessary calculations.

In conclusion, although technology leads to humans avoiding some tasks requiring brainpower; such tasks are usually mundane and do not exhibit higher thinking. In fact, with the aid of technology humans are able to think up and imagine things that during a time of low technology were considered unfathomable.

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