Work and Technology

In the 21st century we associate work with paid employment and technology with the practical application of scientific knowledge. But these are modern definitions. When we go further back in time work simply meant physical effort and the technologies that people used were the tools that they had created to help them do this work. Work and technology have always been two of the main drivers which shape the way we live and behave towards each other. On the one hand they reflect people’s ongoing struggle to sustain themselves and their families and, on the other hand, they also reflect the capacity we humans have for creativity, invention and problem solving. No matter what kind of work people are doing you can be sure that some of them are looking for ways to make that work easier, more productive and more efficient.
However, with every technological advance we need to ask: what will be the consequences? What will be the benefits? What are the potential disadvantages? Who are the winners and who are the losers? Is this a price we are prepared to pay?

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