As people rely more and more on technology to solve problems – GRE/IELTS essay

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

to what do you agree or disagree.




Topic : As people rely more and more on technology to solve problems, the ability of humans to think for themselves will surely deteriorate.
Reliance on technology is often seen as progress as it makes human life more comfortable. Many manual tasks have been automated. Simple everyday chores to complex operations have all used technology in some form. This takeover of human tasks by machines is necessary to become an advance species that can focus its intellect on matters that are beyond simple tasks. Human ability to think is beyond the grasp of machines as of now and would probably remain that way for long. There is no inherent danger of technology rendering human thought useless. Technology should be made available to everyone and for every task. An example would be the use of computers to perform calculations and different tasks. Although the computer can calculate it does not impact the ability of humans to do the same. It only complements the human ability and helps achieve unimaginable precision in many tasks. Technology should always be embraced and it is natural for human beings to innovate and make newer tools and methods to solve problems. The statement that reliance of technology would in some way contribute to the deterioration of human thought is unfounded and is not based on any facts. On the contrary, ability to think could only benefit from this dependence on technology. Could we have gone into space without the use of technology? Has it made us dumber? It’s obviously not the case.
On the other hand we need to rely on technology for our very survival, in the future it would become an absolute necessity to depend on technology for survival as tasks that are beyond human physical and mental scale become routine such as living on a new planet or living in a hostile environment on Earth. It is not fantasy that someday we would need to leave Earth and go elsewhere it is just a matter of time. So dependence and trustworthiness of technology only needs to improve.



Ability to think and imagine are enhanced by technology and it doesn’t have any negative side effects whatsoever. A Chimpanzee which is 97 percent like a human does not rely on technology and probably hasn’t evolved yet to depend on it whereas we as the dominant species of the planet have learned to do so. The argument that as people rely more and more on technology, their ability to think diminishes is an unfounded fear that is more of a psychological issue than reality.