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Will technology ultimately enslave us or free us? please comment why you think so. 

128 deviants said Enslave us?
71 deviants said Or Free us?

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semilaiska Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i think you gotta get out more. nerd :lol:
anantarockwell2012 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
there is nothing wrong with technology, its us...we are the master of our self
semilaiska Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
its not like TV is the cause of all bad you´re bored which is why the Game Of Thrones exists and so on
but of course anything can kill you if it´s done wrong so, its all good as long as the use stays comfy and not addicting
jay-hunter-frost Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2015  Professional Artist
Well the appropriate view is, that we are already enslaved by it. So thus it cannot do so again if it already has and we got rid of it.

So thus if people stop acting like complete morons, and started teaching about appropriate use. Technology wouldn't enslave us. Unless the guy or girl owning it, or a owner of a entire country decides to do so anyway.
TheNorwayPlayer Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2015
Technology has enhanced the way we communicate and helps us spread information.
With this it probably becomes more difficult to start an uprising, and I really doubt A.I will come that far... yet anyway.

If you were talking more philosophically, as technology makes us lazier, weaker and more incompitent, then maybe.
It really depends on the induvidual. Some dosen't depend fully on technology, while others couldn't survive without it, literally.

But looking at it at a much larger scale I don't belive technology will enslave us, but it sure has the potential and the chances to do so.

In both cases;
We'll just have to wait and see... in the future.
semilaiska Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
everyone got the tools to be better than picasso ever was so hating on tech as an artist is weird :B
GladeFaun Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
There are a lot of comments here about how lazy technology has made us, how it has isolated us. I agree with these completely - modern communication technology particularly has encouraged a culture of isolation that in its extremes could be likened to the fate depicted for us in 'Walle'. 

I do personally however think that technology is a good thing. The key is that we still need to make an effort. If we don't things will inevitably go bad (unless external circumstances intervene somehow, which in any case may lead to disaster - the apocalypse that so many seem to dream of these days as a sort of 'get out of jail free' card). 
But if we do make that effort, technology can help carry us forward into greater, better things. Wishing for utopia is a little short sighted I think given our intrinsic make-up, but the inherent creativity that make-up engenders holds the potential to deliver advances that could make the world a far better place.
mignuts Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2015
Think about everybody that depends on todays tech. Everyone, texting, surfing. Everybody uses these high tech devices. Watching videos. What are they going to do  after  an EMP blast? TOTAL electronics kill.   Hope you all can adapt. 
emily71234567 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2015
Doctor-Sleepy Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2015
Enslave us. Elon Musk and Bill Gates said so. I figure they'd have a pretty good idea.
VDupLEX Featured By Owner Edited Sep 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Technologies are developed in order to make our life easier, which enslaves us because we become dependent on them. Mark that we are enslaved voluntarily.
But to be honest, this question is similar to the one about whether people are evolving or degrading. Touching the technological aspect, I'd answer this question like this: common laziness is the reason for us to evolve mentally in order to create something that would help us not strain ourselves, and this makes us degrade in all the other ways because we simply stop facing particular aspects of life that we wish to get rid of. No practice ---> no development. IMO, people evolve in their degradation so fast that it becomes scary
So, the answer to the question in the poll has a similar sense: we are enslaved to feel free, or something. Lol. Seriously, most of the inventions of humanity are created to please our laziness, not even the inability to do without them.
feministproud1 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2015  New Deviant Student General Artist
We enslave ourselves in technology rather than the technology enslaving us. We do have a choice after all...
naikki Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2015
It's not technology that enslaves people, but rather the mindless ways that people are using it that ultimately lead to loss of deeper understanding and personal freedom.
miksedk Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I'd have to agree here. +1 from me. (Y)
DarthFugue Featured By Owner Edited Sep 23, 2015
I'll "keep it simple", and suggest that you watch the TWO-PART DOCTOR WHO Episodes: "Rise of the Cybermen"; and "Age of Steel", as my Answer to your Poll…! 😊
Doctor-Sleepy Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2015
Yeah, folks are talking about abstract ideas when Elon Musk and Bill Gates have both said that Artificial Intelligence is a genuine threat to humans in the not too distant future. It isn't even crazy sci fi stuff, it is a legit threat. Computers will become sentient and robotics are already super advanced.
KaikoKaiko Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2015  Student Filmographer
I still use Nokia 3310 as my mobile as I think calling and SMS is far enough for communication. But I must admit that I lose the world without Internet. Viewing the situation nowadays, we can see some people will die for losing their smartphone. We should not depend things that are unconscious and emotionless, as they can leave you for no reason (they won't try to find you back when you lose it!) . Therefore, I think that technology as more or less enslave us.
thetaoofchaos Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2015   Writer
Technology is a tool, which by its nature, does only what it is commanded to do. Certainly,  one could argue that humanity has already used this tool to free itself from the shackles of its environment.  Enslavement now depends on the choices humanity makes on how to employ this tool in the future.
prettyrhythmmia1 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2015  New Deviant
Technology is something that makes a work easier than before. Technology also benefits us. If we take a glance on advantages and disadvantages of technology, there are many benefits more than losses. But everyone does not take only the advantages but they make out more and more disadvantages. SO technology is good until it comes to one`s selfishness. i say it enslaves us according to our use of it
Sean188 Featured By Owner Edited Sep 22, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i'd say both, because the good and the bad will be equal at one point but it will only take a nudge in either direction for things to get better or worse
samuraijack2k6 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2015
See, I'm a bit torn, because as some have said, technology can both enslave us and set us free (both at the same time, one in some situations while the other in other situations, however you want to view it). Here's how I'm seeing it, though. Yes, I agree, it can enslave us, and it probably already has. However, I think in the long run that maybe, just maybe, it can set us free, as well, or at the very least be set free /through/ the understanding that we've become enslaved by it. I could just be overthinking or reading too much into it though, who knows...
CloverSayaga Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I think technology has already enslaved us to be a pessimist, even today some people can't put down there phone for a minute and when they loose their phone, they drive themselves crazy over those text messages that they can't read the minute they send. We're already to engrossed in technology and as we advance, we're going to eat sleep and breath technology.
PrimeHunter Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2015  Professional General Artist
People always look at the negative stuff. I believe when they look at how well technology had done to the world by saving lives and enhance our understanding of the world, they won't put it down as often. Everything however has disadvantages, as is the nature of things. But I prefer to focus on the good stuff :).
Safu26 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2015  Student General Artist
to be honest, i dont think it will do either. i think that it can do both at the same time too.
GuardianMajor Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2015  Professional General Artist
Really depends but I say if used properly and for good, free us, but as is always human nature to go too far and think the least amount possible about consequences, it very well might enslave us - and we would deserve it.
JSAriadna Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Enslave us because of the "Use it or lose it" phenomenon. The more we rely on technology the more we lose our own ability to create and think. Dependency is hardly ever a good thing. Yes, technology can be a great thing but humans don't know when to stop as a group. 
OmniGemerl Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2015
Probably enslave, but not in the way of "machines violently uprising." I'd say that were so complacent and reliant on machines, that if we'Ve lost track on how to do some things without them.  Yes I'm for progress, but I'd rather not have people end up like say; the people on the spaceships in Wall-E.
SRSmith Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2015   Writer
For the most part, technology is making us lazy and isolated, which is counter to what technology should be enabling us to do. We don't talk in person, go to social spaces and interact with one another, we hide behind our laptops and phones, even when we're outside, we isolate ourselves from our surroundings and seem handcuffed to our phones and the promise of a more engaging reality somewhere else.

Machines replace humans at work, but that doesn't seem to be pushing humans to be searching for more purposeful work. We can manufacture anything in our homes now, we can make amazing thinking and communications machines that fit in our pocket, and yet we're more interested in throwing payload heavy rockets into the middle east than we are getting people laden rockets into the stars.

People seem to use technology more for making money for the top 1% than for providing opportunity, hope, health care, a better standard of living for the bottom 99%.

Technology isn't the thing that will free or enslave us, people do that. Technology just provides the tools to make the oppressors more efficient and far reaching than they were before. There was a time when you had to mount an army and be able to march to another place in order to impact an economy and a people, now you can do that by manipulating stock prices from the comfort of a boardroom or a couch.

Technology is just a tool, it's the application by people that determine what the impact will be.
WithoutAVoice Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Well apparently yesterday Skype went offline for the majority of the day for basic users.
I honestly was not aware of this until I got home from work.
By then Skype had more or less rolled out the issues and fixed them.
I had only found out due to some tweets I saw briefly over on Twitter.
It would not be entirely difficult to live without technology.
At least for myself - I don't know about other people.
In general however we can be freed if we focused on the good.
ChaosFissure Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
With our current dependence on technology and the approach of Internet Of Things on the horizon, I think that we'll be enslaved to it (moreso than we are now), if just for the reason that we couldn't do anything without it.

As events happen that render technology useless (even temporarily), how would we know what to do...?

In an apocylaptic, Skynet sense, I worry about greed in people developing such technologies and tainting it to best suit themselves rather than the "common good." Even if technology doesn't become self-aware, it can (and would) certainly be used by people who would abuse it.
ToaTenitrus Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
In a way we already are enslaved by technology. It is such a huge part of our lives that it is almost required that we have some sort of connection to the internet for everything we do. Technology has become such a huge part of everyday life that simply not being connected to the internet for a few hours is a big deal.
On the other hand technology is setting us free by allowing people from different countries to instantly message one another, and even learn and understand the languages spoken in those other countries. It even allows people who are in two completely different parts of a country to communicate. Technology has allowed a student in North Carolina to take a collage course in Oklahoma from the computers of a local high school.
kirto Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My toaster told me to vote enslave and to pass on the word "The Machines Will Rule The World" 
Mrs-Freestar-Bul Featured By Owner Edited Sep 22, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
It will enslave us, there are already so many things we can't live without and I can't imagine how will it be in 50years :omg:
WindySilver Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Like many have said here, already enslaved. We use technology all the time, even now, when you're answering the poll and looking at all the comments, when writing one of your own. Of course it makes things easier, it makes them possible (it makes DA possible too!) to more people than before technology, but I think we're enslaved. I actually realized this last Friday, when we had a test at school:

Honestly, I am not the worst when it comes to using a smartphone, and I can easily keep it away for hours, even days if I need to. But on Friday we had part of the test in a different classroom and then had a break. We did not get our phones back for the break. It was only ten minutes, and many times out of habit I reached for my pocket to get my phone to either see the time or do something. I've gotten dependent on it; I abandoned wrist watch (mostly 'cause their wristbands tend to break) years ago since I can look at the time from my phone almost whenever I need to.

Ok, I can live without a phone if absolutely possible. Game consoles (Nintendo (3)DS, Gameboy Advance)? I'd really be very sad, maybe even devastated if they broke or I'd lose them. My laptop and through it internet? I am honest with this: I can't live without them anymore. I need them for school works, checking information, writing my stories, talking with people, playing games, et cetera, ad infinitum.

And since my laptop is slowly starting to break, I need to think of how will I move my most important files from it to a new laptop when getting one becomes necessary... That really sucks... =/
MarieTheArtist7774 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This all depends on how far we take technology and how we use it to benefit humanity.
qqrawrpewpew Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
at first, as we feel right now we ll be enslaved, but when it hits its max well be free, cause technology is only here for people to be enlightened in the end :)
Both. Many people here have already delivered some of the main points on why and how technology will enslave us, but I also think some technology will free us, especially when it comes to the medical field. One day, we could probably make mechanical substitutes for lost limbs, thus giving more freedom in day-to-day life for those who would otherwise be dependent on i.e. a wheelchair, etc.
Furthermore, it is already possible to create a 'mechanical heart' which is, unfortunately, a rather large machine, but it can substitute a failed heart until a transplant will be possible.
Also, scientists put in a lot of effort on the field of stem cells, and one day we might have the technology to extract said cells in order to grow new organs and body-parts.
CarbonData Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, I agree with your comment there. I think, medically, it's amazing. Years ago we wouldn't be swallowing tiny cameras to identify digestion problems; or, making breakthroughs in disease controls / cures. In the social sense, technology is a lifeline for many people who are too ill to get out and meet people or have difficulty communicating for whatever reason. So in many cases, technology is amazing, but you will always find some people who will use it for selfish or destructive purposes
OneDreamOneMoon Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2015
Precisely! Sadly, I would spend far too long time on writing about how human kind have abused science and technology historically.
I.e. even though nuclear power was supposed to bring 'relief' to the already carbon-dioxide-tried atmosphere, there is a very big down side to nuclear power, one being nuclear waste, another being catastrophes like Fukushima and Chernobyl.
Yet, technology helps us again, now that the new sarcophagus for Chernobyl was to be created.
I find that often, not always but often, whenever shit happens with technology, we try to mend it with technology again. Someone uses aircraft as a weapon? Well, anti-air-craft was invented (Both are destructive, I know. I never said that the 'mend' would always be a good thing, sadly)
CarbonData Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Totally agree with you. Shame isn't it? But, I will try to focus on the good stuff ;)
OneDreamOneMoon Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2015
Good strategy Thumbs Up 
Sabbelbina Featured By Owner Edited Sep 22, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Enslave us, but not in the way of AI coming to rule us.
I think we are already kind of slaves to the technology.
No one in the western hemisphere can think of a world without cars or computers or mobiles.
I saw a video lately, where some women tried to get the people to dinner without their technical devices. It didn't work. The solution was a pepper mill with some kind of technological thing turning-off all electronic devices. The people who didn't know what happened reacted really like the apocalypse was starting. Yes that was a commercial, but still it shows how enslaved we are. WE NEED TECHNOLOGY TO STOP TECHNOLOGY? Such a shame...
DoctorWhoE11even Featured By Owner Edited Sep 21, 2015  Student General Artist
Enslave: Everyone above 25 or has the mind set of the last generation

Free: The younger generation and/or open minded thinkers who are curious
DanDare77 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I assume AI Technology will turn the current "enslavement" into an obsolete state and therefore free us. Else we would need to destroy anything and "reset" the state to stone-age.
Blacksand459 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
As WDWParksGal stated, we're already enslaved. If technology could have "freed" us from drudgery and toil, it would have back at the dawn of the Industrial Revolution. 

It could have, but it won't, due to mankind's greed. More, more, always more. Yeah, machines make parts faster, so in theory it would allow us to make things easier and not have to work long hours. 

But if a little is good, a lot is better. Right? 

Bigger and better isn't the culprit...most companies don't even care about things being bigger and better...your satisfaction and ease of living and comfort and convenience are a means to an end: profit. 
PokeumanHybrid Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2015
It really depends on what you mean by that, we are already 'enslaved' in a sense, we use technology like there's no tomorrow and some of us can't live without it, myself included XD
WDWParksGal Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2015
Technology already has enslaved us. People talk and text while they drive, which has led to deaths for crying out loud. People walk around with their eyes on their phones and not paying one bit of attention to their surroundings. Some schools have canceled dances due to the lack of interest. Can people add or subtract in their heads anymore? Schools allow calculators even when taking tests! Refrigerators can be programmed to order milk when the supply gets low... geesh! Believe me when I say I adore technology, but there is a limit!
HarperII Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
I actually think it will do both.
Here's why: it frees us to do more much faster but it makes us lazy, we forget how to do what technology now does for us.
TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think it's enslaving us :giggle: Before cell phones and tablets and all the new devices existed, people used to be able to take "real" vacations from work, for example :eager: Nowadays, everybody can get a hold of you, and if they don't, there's a big chance that you won't be able to break the habit of "checking" how things are going, and you will enslave yourself by "connecting" :shrug: So it either enslaves you, or you enslave yourself with it :iconhurrplz: :giggle:

Think about it!!! :omfg: When was the last time you enjoyed a full day outside without checking your phone once??? EveStare 
PrimeHunter Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2015  Professional General Artist
I turn off my phone during vacation. It's heavenly.
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