Machines and Humans: Hand-in-hand

Machines are used by people since a few centuries and their effectual use in production can be seen even today. Two or three centuries after this reliance on automation, these ‘teethed’ monsters made way into many people’s lives to aid a luxurious lifestyle. After the invention of the steam engine –during which the whole idea of transportation kicked off– numerous machines that aided in making the world a global village were conceptualized and breathed life into.

Later, these behemoth of machines were engineered to be portable enough for everyday use. People were turned into the very likes of sloth bears, as they increasingly relied on these ‘teethed fantasies’. This transformation of machines from effective production to aid lazing people in luxury is a very interesting upturn for those who witnessed this. People being increasingly reliant on these devices, have become susceptible to a number of illnesses and occupational hazards.

What are the recent ill-effects of technology?

Increasing reliance on technology has made a few harms to raise their ugly heads. Here are some of them:

  1. Digital Dementia Increasing dependence on gadgets for simple calculations; setting reminders for special occasions that would have been simply memorized; calls list in which the callers’ numbers are assigned to their names, but never registered in mind; addresses stacked away neatly and a lot of personal information  on them has made people dull.
  2. Occupational hazards Many illnesses such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Bursitis, Tendinitis and injuries because of ergonomics, such as Repetitive Strain Injury have pushed people to the brink of dejection about work. People can neither quit their jobs nor search for an alternative, as an alternate job is very difficult to lay hands upon with numerous contenders and occupied vacancies.
  3. Sedentary lifestyle This is the very lifestyle a majority of people are exposed to. This zenith of luxury has made people prone to several illnesses such as cardiovascular diseases, psychosomatic disorders and even cancers.


Machines are solely responsible for humans developing a laid-back attitude. For them, even a 100 meter walk seems impossible. This partnership of humans and machines is bound to bring forth many testing times. Who knows, they may become increasingly wary of each other. Only time will tell.,P00218/


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