Homework 13th March 2020

Do we control technology or does technology control us?

Technology is almost everywhere we look, since we are surrounded by things produced by art or craft. In general, it seems that anything human beings do that is not natural involves us in some way with technology. Below are a series of observations about technology in the world today. Do you think each observation is ‘True’ or ‘False’? Write a few paragraphs (don’t just answer yes/no for each prompt).

1. Cars will eventually be made so that they will not cause excessive harm to the environment.

2. Farmers will determine ways to feed the world’s growing population and eliminate hunger.

3. Human beings can stop doing research on computer technology whenever they decide it is to their advantage to do so.

4. Global warming is not a serious problem.

5. Technology will use up so many natural resources that it will harm the environment.

6. There are more advantages than disadvantages of technology.

7. People do not rely too much on technology.

8. Life is better now than 100 years ago because of technology.

We’d love to hear your views.

The Technologically Challenged Grade Six English Teachers

(Ref: Philosophy for Kids)

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  1. Dear Ms Kum,

    Do we control technology or does technology control us? Here are all my opinions.

    1. I think it is true because electric cars are slowly made in this century and electric cars do not harm the environment. They don’t need fuel, only batteries.
    2. In my opinion, it is false, cause many places to have less food and if the farmer plants the food for them, then some other places won’t have food.
    3. I think it is true, cause in the future, there will be robots assisting us and answer our questions, so I think we can stop researching with computers.
    4. This statement, in my opinion, is completely false. The world is getting hot and some arctic places will melt and polar bears will be extinct. Many plastics are in the sea and the sea animals may treat it as a food and eat them, eventually, they will die.
    5. I don’t think technology uses materials that harm our environment, because most of the materials that harm our environment are gas from cars nowadays and air conditioners.
    6. I think this statement is true, because technology helps us to solve problems and complete work easily, and it will not harm the environment as badly as gas.
    7. This statement, in my opinion, is false, many people use Google and Wikipedia to research something we don’t know, so this statement, in my opinion, is false.
    8. This statement, in my opinion, is true, because nowadays we have the internet and high technology to help us solve problems much easier than 100 years ago.

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  2. Dear Mrs. Pradhan
    People nowadays like to rely on technology a lot including me, and we sometimes even get obsessed with technology that we couldn’t resist playing games on them, using them like a translator, and just doing stuff that shows us we are addicted to technology. If we keep on behaving like this we might not be controlling technology, and technology might control us. Now I will be answering 8 questions.
    1. I must say technology is growing like a human eventually I think cars will be made so that they could run on electricity and not gas, and the environment would not die and would keep on growing keeping us alive ( well actually the sea also keeps us alive, but it’s also kind of being polluted by oil and gases of nearby factories and our rubbish, so yeah we’re technically killing ourselves. Forget I said that).
    2. I think that’s also kind of true farmers will determine ways to feed the world’s growing population and eliminate hunger as if it never existed ( I’m just kidding on that last part). I mean people could run out of meat or fish, but you can’t run out of vegetables and fruits because you could re-grow them with their seeds on farms.
    3. That’s a big no on this question (well actually it’s a comment, but whatever)scientists need technology so that they could follow up on animals and creatures’ life style or figure out how to beat up Covit 19 or search how to make an antidote for any viruses, but we cannot give up on doing researches on computer technology even though technology is a monster still we can’t do that!
    4. Global warming is a SERIOUS problem, Polar bears in the Artic or Antarctica are forced to go to the villagers’ home just to avoid the problem we caused, and people blame the Polar bears for not going back to their home. Excuse me in case you haven’t noticed they don’t have a home their home was destroyed by us just because we think the weather is hot, we open the air conditioner to keep us cool, but clearly the Polar bears are not cool of it! They are extremely hot because of GLOBAL WARMING and CLIMATE CHANGE.
    5. This time I’m taking the false side because even though factories and cars are polluting the environment other technology doesn’t like telephones or lights they just use batteries and some other stuff that might’ve been helpful if you don’t plug it out.
    6. Well technically there are more advantages than disadvantages of technology, so yes with technology you could translate any language, play games, you can do researches on the computer and so much more! Meanwhile on the disadvantage side technology might harm your eyes and make you obsessed with them.
    7. People rely too much on technology that sometimes as I mentioned people get obsessed with them they like technology so much they couldn’t resist an hour without it. It’s like a monster in your heart trying to feed on what it likes and telling you to feed him his hunger, and when it’s so big it’s hunger grows until you get totally obsessed with technology ( how do I know? That’s because I’ve been there).
    8. Yes of course life is much better now than 100 years ago because now that we have technology life is much better ( cancel out those cars and the factories) we could now research different viruses, calling people on the phone instead of sending a pigeon as your messenger I mean it seems like a lot of work. Like you need to buy a pigeon or capture a pigeon tame it for like one month, write a letter, get some string, tie it to the pigeon’s leg tell it where to go assuming it knows and make the pigeon fly by just throwing it out of the window not knowing when is it going to come back assuming it does.
    So there you have, it my opinions on those 8 comments, gotta go and don’t get addicted to technology bye!

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  3. Dear Mrs. Pradhan
    Do we control technology or does technology control us?
    In my opinion, we humans control technology and it does not control us.
    1. Car will be eventually made into self-sustaining auto driving A.I.s so that they won’t harm the environment, less casualty, not needing fuel and more green friendly.
    2. Farmers cannot determine ways to feed the world’s growing population by themselves. It is because there are a lot of factors. Will rich people buy all the food leaving the poor people starving? Will there be insects and animals that will make the farmers produce less food? And, what will people do with the food?
    3. I agree with that. It is because computer technology is not as important as agriculture and Coronavirus researching so it is better to leave it now.
    4. Global Warming is a serious problem! Ice caps are melting. Seasons will change and the weather and climate might worsen without the polar ice caps.
    5. Technology will not use up all natural resources because one day they will find self-sustaining ones like nuclear energy.
    6. I completely agree with this statement because technology is used to help humanity to succeed in knowing the meaning of existence, so I think that it has more advantages than disadvantages.

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  4. Dear Ms.Kum
    Do we control technology or does technology control us?
    1. True, because the new cars will not use the oil for the car , and there will be less smoke on street and there will be less harm .
    2. True , because a lot of people start buy cup noodles and eat some food that is not planted but is made .
    3.False, because we need to search thing on computer and sometimes use to mark down notes or type some homework , and computer can do a lot of things .
    4. FALSE ! Global Warming is a very big problem , the ice is melting and some polar bears and penguins is going to die
    5.True , because the electric Device is using a lot of power and resources.
    6. true, because there’s more good things and we can do a lot of things .
    7. True , because people use phone to order food , play games , do homework , go to lesson
    8.true , because people can watch YouTube online chat online and play games online

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  5. Dear Mrs.Poon,
    1. It is true because now there is some new car that does not use oil, then it will have less exhaust gas, so it will be less harmful.
    2. It is true because vegetables and fruits are needed for our growth and health.
    3.False, because we need to research some unknown information on the computer, or save some things on the computer
    4.False, global warming is a very serious problem for the whole world, because of global warming the polar bears are near to extinct, and the sea level was rise.
    5. It is true because use electronic devices will release many carbon dioxides.
    6.True, because technology really can help us many things.
    7.False, because now every people are using phone, computer these electronic devices.
    8.Ture, because now people can use electronic devices to chat.

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  6. Dear Mrs Poon,
    1. I think is true, because it will not use oil and which it will make lesser gas so it will be less harmful and also be more green friendly.
    2. I think is true, because vegetables and fruits is very needed in our health because it makes you more healthier and strong, if we don’t eat vegetables and fruits then is not balanced in our meals.
    3. I agree with that I know is really helpful and quick to do research in the computer but all the people in the old years didn’t have computers and they can still do research because they may have others to use so we can actually use others things to search such as dictionary and some other books.
    4. I think is a false, it because global warming is really a serious problem for all of the people or even animals in this world. Did you think of being hot for everyday also some of the animals is almost extinct because of the global warming!
    5. I think is true, because many technology devices is going to release many things that is harm to the environment.
    6. I think is true, because technology is invented to help people so I think the advantages is more than disadvantages.
    7. I think is a false, because people in now they can’t leave their phone even a moment and they can’t even leave their phone in home.
    8. I think is true, because technology really helps us a lot but sometimes people is using technology too much and let the technology control us.

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  7. Dear Ms.Kum
    Do we control technology or does technology control us?
    1. True, because the new cars will not use the oil for the car , and there will be less smoke on street and there will be less harm .
    2. True , because a lot of people start buy cup noodles and eat some food that is not planted but is made .
    3.False, because we need to search thing on computer and sometimes use to mark down notes or type some homework , and computer can do a lot of things .
    4. FALSE ! Global Warming is a very big problem , the ice is melting and some polar bears and penguins is going to die
    5.True , because the electric Device is using a lot of power and resources.
    6. true, because there’s more good things and we can do a lot of things .
    7. True , because people use phone to order food , play games , do homework , go to lesson
    8.true , because people can watch YouTube online chat online and play games online

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