Technology, Scarcity and Technocracy Debate

There are some who are against technology, I am not one of them. In fact, I believe with technology comes responsibility too. For instance just because you can drive everywhere these days does not mean you should not talk a walk, jog or ride a bike to stay in shape. Of course there is another debate on this subject which is of value and that comes from a few of the members of Technocracy.

To this comment, well I concur and I do agree; Technology is good, wonderful and needed to propel the species, the more the better, but I would submit to you that it is not the “price system” causing this problem of artificial scarcity, rather the manipulation through government regulation as it creates monopolies, duopolies and helps friends control the flow of goods and services. Read Smoot; “The Business Side of Government Trizetto login .” True “Free Markets” increase efficiency of technology and thus the price system is symbiotic with technology and innovation into the future.

So is it really the “price system” to blame for or the artificial manipulation. Also, realize that the patent system although a false scarcity making purposeful and mandated system, actually propels technology as it allows profit making and thus more capital resources. When new technology comes to market at a higher price it gives older technologies some time to adjust to or compete with or innovate.

This allows the disruptive technology to make money and allows for change over. Controlling the speed of technology to market or allowing transfer technologies to enter as needed does assist in catastrophic immediate job loss. If Technocracy, promotes increases in technology they will also have to deal with changing job categories whether we are to use the current price system or a productivity scheme you know.

These issues with technology are problem with any system that is in place, not only with a “price system” economy. In fact a price system economy may indeed be more suited to handle disruptive technologies than a system based on productivity credits needing to make regulations to prop up the system as new technologies increase at faster rates into the civilization or society.

Technology, a term frequently used now-a-days which usually refers to a method or process that is made for facilitating people’s work or to benefit them in their particular circumstances. Speaking of technology, we see that the term Information Technology is being very popular in almost every aspect of our lives. From E-shopping to E-Banking, we perform so many transactions daily which involves computer systems interactions somehow. Even when we make a phone call, it’s log is maintained at the telephone department’s database using an information system.

Information Technology is shaping itself as a backbone for the growth and development of our country. Government of Pakistan has launched its IT policy to keep pace with technologically developed countries. And some of the companies in Pakistan have enhanced their services by deploying information systems in their departments and providing their best to satisfy their customers. One good example is of ‘Pakistan Post Company’. In the past, this company was considered to be the slowest and unreliable source of delivering one’s important documents and people used to send their documents using some private postal services which in their opinion was more reliable and fast. But now after the implementation of information systems technology, they are providing enquiry and reporting facilities relating to the movements of mail items, receptacles and dispatches and have enabled a web-based inquiry facility within time. In other words they have improved their overall operations and increased productivity. And they have joined the IT world to keep pace with the current market and their competitors.

Despite of all these benefits of Information Systems, there are still so many companies and organizations in Pakistan both in public and private sectors, that are still being operated manually. They are using the same old file-based system which makes processing very slow and inefficient at the operational level which also affects other levels of organization. At present, there are many reasons of not deploying Information systems even though they are beneficial. Reason of not deploying an information system is because some companies are running small businesses and they don’t have more budget to deploy such systems.

In case of such organizations that can afford technological developments, the most important and significant issue is Technology Acceptance. And resistance to this issue becomes complex when examined in the light of how technology has been used in the past, how it may be seen as a tool of oppression, and how these experiences affect employees’ emotions and attitudes about the proposed new technology in the workplace. For instance, in the year 1997, around 7,600 employees from United Bank Limited were retrenched mandatory on account of overstaffing of the bank and in order to achieve its objective of “right sizing” which in other words was the deployment of new technology which forced them to cut down the size of staff.

Talking about employees’ resistance to the technology, we find that such people who used to work manually get bothered by only thinking that how will it be possible for them to work on new systems. Some of such employees usually have a fear of losing their jobs by the introduction of this new technology as i have discussed above. Some people even think that if computers get introduced in our company then there will always be a check and balance of everything they do and they won’t be able to hide anything fraudulent. Some employees belong to a category of people who have nothing good to say about anything. They always try to oppose anything new and are negative in nature. Therefore they oppose the deployment and usage of new technology even though it is beneficial for the company but in some cases not for them.

Therefore before the implementation of a new technology it must be kept in mind that the introduction of a new technology will have profound effects on the work lives of employees. New technology always affects the social organization of work, access to resources, formal and informal organizational structures, and companies’ control patterns. And to overcome such problems, there must be a firm strategy that ensures the employees that they will not lose their jobs. Secondly there should be an awareness about the technology to be introduced and training programs should be conducted that makes them enable to work with the new systems efficiently. The information technology should make employees feel comfortable and rather than fearing, they should feel confident by having the knowledge about new system.

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