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The Interpersonal Divide & Science Fiction

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Technological advances have had many unforeseen consequences. We have seen many examples of this in our day, environmental degradation, displacement due to development projects such as dams, just to name a few. The increase of digital technologies has also led to the decrease interpersonal relations. Code 46 takes a relatively new scientific adventure, cloning, and exposes some potential problems of it. Code 46 is fill in the definition. Two lovers could not be together, she was the offspring of his mother’s group of clones, therefore she was 50% related to him. This is a perfect example of how science creates a wedge between human beings. No longer could people rely on love and sexual ...view middle of the document...

I argue their output level of productivity is extremely minimal and their contribution to the household, because of these activities, is even lower if not zero.

Even today in parts of the world, just as it was in the West 100 years ago, technology was viewed as a way out of poverty or instability. The increase of productivity meant an increase of money therefore leading to an increase of individual or household security. Today technology is not seen as a tool for progression to the average individual. It is taken for granted and seen as something to live with. The fact people crave technology to improve life remains, but it has moved drastically from the collective side of the paradigm to the individual side. The urgency to sustain your life as well as those in your household network has disappeared. Its not about life and death anymore, it not about having food and health. We don’t consider death; we assume life and take for granted the basics. The improvement of life today is to have a disposable income to spend on leisure. Today we want the freedom of time so we are able to not be productive, otherwise known as relaxing. The desire for technology used to be rooted in something more personal, people. People desired technology to improve a human life, whether it was yourself as an individual, your family or even your nation. Mothers longed for less hours of labour work to spend with their children. I am not sure that children of today would be mirroring that longing. The use of technology has changed just as the reasons we use it have. For me this is part of the interpersonal divide; the decline in prioritization of human presence.

The rapid advancement of technology in the Global North in comparison to the absence of technological infrastructure in the Global South became known as The Digital Divide. As time went on, we started to see the chain reaction of this technological advancement within the Global North community. Clear changes in life patterns could not be denied. The meaning and use of social institutions, such as the family, church, and marriage were now different. People were spending less and less time together, people were communicating in a new way and moral codes were changing. Was it only coincidence these changes were happening at the same time, and as rapidly, as the newest invention or latest scientific discovery was being unleashed into the world? More and more ‘modern living’ became defined by technology and ‘modern living’ became less and less about people. Traditionally it was family and friends that were central to living, despite geographic location, be it in the Global North or South. The decline of interpersonal relations in the Global North in comparison to the strong social, interpersonal networks remaining in the Global South, McLuhan called The Interpersonal Divide.
That which we thought would free us has actually encaged us and enslaved us. Our mind has developed technology. The side effect of...

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