Technology—it's not all-powerful, but it can be good

"We are not doomed to be victims of our own inventions."

ALTHOUGH EFFORTS ARE being made to fix computers that were not programmed to recognize the year 2000, there is still fear that a failure to repair all the computers might result in widespread disruption, or even worse. The fear engendered by what might happen to society if computer systems fail has shown how dependent on modern technology we've become.

In thinking about our relation to technology, it appears that humankind have designed electronic systems and programs that can, in the worst of situations, hold people hostage to these very systems. One might wonder, have we created a monster?

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