Read the following excerpts and decide whether it meets requirements (in other words, will pass for content), or whether it fails to meet requirements. For each example, state “Pass” or “Fail” accordingly. If you think it passes, state the main area(s) for improvement. If you think it fails, state the main reason(s) why it does not meet requirements.
In the area of sports where the skills of individuals are put on display, technology might have just changed this emphasis on skills to a competition of who has the best equipment. Recently, popular swimwear brand Speedo introduced a new line of swimming attire. The new full-body swimsuit has been designed to help reduce water resistance and promote gliding in water […] In the Formula One, two new inclusions for 2011 are the introduction of the Drag Reduction System (DRS) as well as the re-introduction of the Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) […] Such technology might have created an over-reliance on them. Instead of competing on a level based on skill, we are now competing on a level based on technology.
Looking at the educational sector, where education itself can be considered as a skill, technology has in fact, helped to improve our education system and made information more accessible to a vast majority of us. The internet is already available to almost all of us except those living in rural areas of the country. Even so, with smart phones, like the iPhone allowing users to have easy access to the internet, information is literally available at our fingertips. Hence no longer do children have to travel to their nearest library to find research on their latest assignment, as they can conveniently access it at home, to sources and insights shared by a diverse group of people worldwide. With so much information readily available for us it can be said that surely, technology has helped us to improve our skill level, especially in the area of education, but only if we do not misuse it. Undoubtedly, along with the good seeds come the bad seeds, as available on the internet are also many snares and traps which might lead to our doom. Online gaming, pornography and online betting are only a measly few examples which have distracted people from reality and from advancing in their skill levels in the real world. For example, some people get so addicted to online gaming that they choose to neglect their work – or even worse, stop working completely. It is here that their real skill lies, in their careers, thus, if misused, technology will result in a decrease in the skill levels of people, as more people start to forgo them for useless skills in the virtual world itself.
In fact, skill levels of people may even be improved by technology. In a country such as Singapore where our economy is knowledge-based, knowledge is indeed a skill which many possess. Apart from traditional compulsory schooling, technology and its advancements have made many in the nation open new ideas from different parts of the world. These come in the forms of computers (the internet), and our much-loved television sets and even other forms of media such as the radio. By broadening our horizons and perspectives about those who live around in the world, we are better able to understand and respond to the variety of lifestyles and cultures around us and handle our foreign friends well. This has resulted in a positive impact in the skill we have in treating others from a completely different background well.
The improvement in technology leads to the increased accessibility to information. People are able to attain more information from the Internet and thus increases their skill levels in the aptitude of their study.
Technology increases the ease of global communication. In the modern world, to remain competitive, firms must ensure their employees are skilled in the art of communication. Different parts of the world speak different languages, thus to remain competitive, communicative ability of employees with regards to communication has to be improved so people would understand each other. Thus, technology does not have a negative impact; instead, its impact is just the opposite.
A characteristic of the modern world is mass production. Technology is constantly being improved to cater to the demand of efficient production. However these mass produced are usually created faster compared to traditional hand made accessories. The traditional art of the precise weaving of bamboo or straw is slowly being crowded out by firms, leading to the loss of skill levels among rural people as they struggle to compete globally. This might however, induce an improvement rather than a loss in skill level. These rural entrepreneurs can find ways to export and increase production of their hand made goods. They adapt to the global revolution and cultivate new skills, thus technology has lead to an increase in the skill level of people.
Google is actually making us less intellectually inclined [because we no longer] bother pondering and thinking the solution to a question to enhance our thought process. Instead, we just Google it.