Many technological innovations are thought of as incredible advancements to society. The invention of the lightbulb, machinery and computers all assisted in making humans more productive, but also negatively influenced society. 

Technology is supposed to make our lives easier by making our tasks completable with little to no effort. Most people would see this as a good thing, but Mark Kennedy thinks otherwise. Kennedy is quoted saying, “All of the biggest technological inventions created by man – the airplane, the automobile, the computer – says little about his intelligence, but speaks volumes about his laziness.” This represents that, in fact, the technology that is supposed to make our lives easier is actually makes us lazier. Kennedy also implies that the reason for these inventions was not because humans are so smart, but that they are very lazy and want to make living life as easy as possible. The examples he gave in the airplane, automobile and computer all made life easier for our society, but weren’t necessary for our survival.

The computer for example allows us to communicate, write documents, and find information at a moments notice which was great for society, but at the same time promoted laziness because there were so many new distractions that came with the invention of the computer and internet. Children can play video games, watch videos on youtube or Netflix on their computer nowadays, when before the internet and computers existed kids would occupy themselves by being active or doing schoolwork. The same can be said about the television, which can be used to get the news right after it happens but can also be used as a distraction from our daily lives and make us less active.

If used properly technology can create a society that creates opportunities for humans to maximize their efficiency. But if used incorrectly we could all end up like the people from the movie WALL-E; a bunch of lazy, fat humans that are unable to walk or do anything for themselves.