What Is Technological Progress?

With so much technology being developed, I sometimes wonder about the intersection of technology and progress. Are we really achieving progress through technological innovation?

Are these examples of progress?

  • I observe people walking about with their heads down focused on texting or running apps on smartphones. I have witnessed people colliding with stationary and moving objects as well as near accidents with people walking into the path of moving vehicles.
  • A group of young people are sitting in a cafe or other venue texting with each other on smartphones. Is it not better for them to socialize in the physical world when they have the chance?
  • Smartphone usage while driving a car, either talking or texting.
  • Crackberry users of smartphones from RIM.


What about the notion that technology is supposed to return more leisure time to people? By now, that is pretty much myth. I do not know of many professions where people are actually working fewer hours due to the availability of technology.


How about us using our smartphones? If you own a smartphone and if you’re reading this then chances are you do. Then you’ll be all too aware of the nightly ritual of plugging in your mobile to charge it ready for the morning. Few of today’s top models can last more than a full day of steady use, with current lithium-ion technology struggling to keep pace with the growth in screen sizes and power requirements of our handsets.


But why is battery technology lagging and why doesn’t it seem to be getting any better? I’ve analysed the current state of the market to bring you the reasons why you have to charge your phone every night and how that could change over the next few years.


A very brief, simplified science lesson: the lithium-ion battery inside your phone isn’t fully lithium, and if it was, it would last a lot longer. Every battery has three main components: an electrolyte providing electrons, an anode discharging them, and a cathode receiving them.


Not really are we achieving progress with much lesser work because of technology but will also add up problems about batteries easily drained.


Anyhow, I still love technology. I love technology but I don’t know if my life’s been improved. Like everybody I spend a lot of time browsing my phone but equally I’m aware that’s kind of disgusting. I’ll go off on holiday with my partner and we are sitting on some amazing beach and she’s looking through Twitter. I always feel a bit sad, but I’m equally aware that I do that same thing.


It is apparent that technology has the potential to harm or enhance our social skills and social life. The key is to analyse how technology affects us socially. Do technologies help you build positive, meaningful relationships, or do technologies hinder this process? Are you better able to communicate, listen, and share because of the technologies in your life? Do you use technologies to improve your relationships and build new ones? Are you letting a few choice people know who you are and what you contribute to this world, or are you merely distracting yourself with shallow pursuits? Does technology increase or decrease your concern for others, your compassion for others, and your desire to serve them? Such are the critical questions regarding technology and social development.