The technological development is rising drastically and it has completely transformed the human’s lifestyle which includes the opportunities to lead a comfortable life than it was earlier. It is well accepted that if technology keeps on advancing like this, the future is going to become more comfortable and better. In case we aren’t precautionary while using or developing technology, it can ruin the society in no time. Everything has positive and negative side effects and technology development is not an exception to this.
The negative side effects of technology development may lead our society to dystopia, and hence it is our duty to show preparedness towards preventing societal dystopia in future. Two examples for future dystopia are described here. At present, global warming has become one of the biggest issues in problems related to environment and it can be considered as the first future dystopia. According to the 2007 Fourth Assessment Report released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the global surface temperature has increased by 1. 33 ± 0. 32 °F between the start and the end of the 20th century.
Increasing concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere is one of the reasons for global warming, because greenhouse gases possess the properties to keep the heat. Human activity such as fossil fuel burning and deforestation makes greenhouse gases. IPCC indicates that the global surface temperature may rise further. The Antarctic glaciers are gradually melting down due to global warming and this may cause the sea levels to rise. Once the sea levels rises, the regions near the sea will get submerged under the water. This may lead to loss of several lives, including human beings and live stocks.
Apart from life, the place to live would be washed away along with the crops. This may cause scarcity of food and shelter, which may provoke people to plunder for their survival. Nuclear warfare can be considered as another future dystopia in the world. The developments in nuclear technology enabled it to be used positively for generating electricity by building nuclear plants. However, the same technology has also been employed for developing lethal weapons to destroy mankind. The nuclear weapons possess the power to change the world from utopia to dystopia within few seconds.
For example, in August 6, 1945, nuclear bombs were dropped at Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan. Because of the direct impact of the nuclear bomb, more than one hundred thousand people were killed. Most of the buildings were destroyed by the firestorms. Even after the flames had subsided, the harmful side effects of the nuclear bomb were not over. The survivors from firestorms suffered sickness due to nuclear radiation such as cancer and leukemia. Even after few years from the incident, physically disabled children were born, and people still showed symptoms of radiation sickness and it was due to the radioactive contamination in Hiroshima.
Hiroshima was facing environmental dystopia at that time. The incident showed the severity of a technology 50 years ago. Future nuclear bombs are going to be more destructive to make anyplace dystopia and if nuclear warfare erupts globally, our world would face political, economical, social and environmental dystopia. Of course, some people might say that it’s alright if we prevent the nuclear warfare, but the safer approach would be to ban the development of nuclear weapons globally. The Dystopias described above may become realistic in future.
Abusing fossil fuel accelerates global warming, and the advancements in nuclear weapon technology are risking our future. It’s the right time to stop abusing fossil fuels and start focusing on eco-friendly technology, so that we can prevent global warming. If we stop making nuclear weapon and focus the knowledge on nuclear science towards nuclear plant, we can prevent nuclear warfare. I personally feel that the famous proverb, “a stitch in time saves nine,” is best apt to promote the prevention of future dystopia.