RCL #8

Does the development of new scientific technologies always give the world a better life and have a positive effect on the course of history? For most people, it is an obvious answer for that statement, because new technologies have become part of our life. However, in a short story, called “The Weapon”, Frederic Brown tells us about a story of a visitor Mr. Niemand tried to convince Dr. Graham who was working on a new weapon to stop his experiment. But Dr. Graham refused to follow what did Mr. Niemand said. Finally, that “madman” gives a loaded revolver to Dr. Graham’s son-Harry a boy with a mental handicap as a gift to show that new technology is often a double-edged sword, which means it doesn’t always have the positive effects for people; sometimes people can’t even handle the new technology.

World War II had one of the highest death rates in human history, but it also was known as a time that led to the development of new scientific techniques. According to statistics, there were more than seventy million innocent people died in that six years period. Atomic bomb first time appeared with the life and blood of our brethren. an American bomber dropped the world’s first deployed atomic bomb over the Japanese city of Hiroshima. The explosion wiped out 90 percent of the city and immediately killed 80,000 people; three days later, a second bomber dropped another A-bomb on Nagasaki, killing an estimated 40,000 people. Tens of thousands more would later die of radiation exposure. On the other hand, the arms race seemed like to be the only theme of the Cold War, which endangered international relations by both USA and Soviet sides.
Has technology done more to help or to hinder society?
technology has done more to help society.
-more safety
-better food
-more entertainment
-technology is the main power of the human
-save people’s life
-pass message faster
-know what’s the weather today
-better communication
-more convenient way to travel
-find the information you need faster
-find out the truth we didn’t know before (wave-particle dualism)

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