2012年3月20日 星期二

Introduction to Frankenstein RESPONSE #8

Many areas of scientific investigation carry both potential benefits and potential dangers for humankind. (a) What such areas in our own age can you name? (b) Which areas do you believe human beings should never have become involved in? Give reasons for your answer.

a) There are many areas, or advanced technologies, in our life time that had made our life easier. However behind the benefits that we enjoy, there lays uncountable potential dangers that may not affect us now, but may in fact harm the lives of future generations' or even one's own future. Those areas includes nanotechnology, which lead to the use of nuclear energy and its application, genetic engineering, childbirth interventions, social networking as well as many others.

b) I think Molecular Nanotechnology was the area that we never should have gotten involved in. The advancement in nanotechnology, which is basically techniques that we can work with matter on the atomic or molecular scale, led to the development of atomic bombs, nuclear power plants, and fundamentally the grand use of nuclear energy. The reason that nuclear energy is becoming so popular is that it is clean, it is efficient and does not increase pollution. However, personally I believe that its potential danger totally outweighs its benefits, in fact I think the usage of nuclear energy is risking the lives of people. First of all, the development and usage of atomic bombs had proven to be disastrous. People die in instants and some die gradually by the radiation. Secondly, the construction of nuclear power plants although provides people with good flow of electricity, it had been shown that the effects of one explosion can be devastating. On March 11, 2011, the earthquake in Japan caused the explosion of a nuclear plant in Fukushima, the greatest effects of all was the wide range of radiation that was let out. It harmed the health of many people. Some studies had even shown that the radiation had reached Korea and even Taiwan was caution about the radiation coming through. Clearly, if we were never involved in this area, we wouldn't have received so much harm.

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