Chapter Twenty-Three: Technology and Human Interaction
In addition to having clearly identifiable effects on the physical environment, technology has also had an unmistakable effect on human interaction. The modern world has seen communications tools and media platforms explode in diversity and accessibility. For instance, the Internet allows people to shop for anything they might want from anywhere in the world.
Email allows almost instantaneous communication between people that might be half a world apart, and GPS technology has enabled greater ease of travel, as well as providing benefits for search and rescue operations and more. GIS, or geographic information systems, technology has merged the fields of cartography, database design and statistical analysis to make all types of new things possible.
Technology like new medical equipment and procedural advances have also had a profound effect on the world. Changing trade patterns have also impacted societies around the world, at all levels of development. For instance, China is emerging from a once-backward nation to become the world leader in terms of technology production – thanks to increased manufacturing and a lessening of government restriction in a few key areas.
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