Your university: IntroductionInnovations and inventions have become part and parcel of the world today. Many organisations strive to come up with product innovations in order to have a competitive edge. Many things that were operated or carried out manually can know be done in a matter of seconds by the use of technology. (Benbunan-Fich, R. and Hiltz 2003)There is no organisation that has not embraced information technology in this twenty first century. Innovations and technology in specific has infiltrated every area of our lives. It is evident in leisure activities, business and the entire society.
The current technology language consists of emails, cell phones, fax machines, internet and personal PCs. (Drucker, 2004)The whole world seems exited about all these inventions and innovations. While all these aspects seem rosy, it is important for one to ask the question; do all inventions and innovations equate to progress? If the answer is no then what could be the adverse consequences of IT innovations? Positive aspects of innovationsInnovations have definitely led to progress all over the world. Through technology, globalization has been enhanced. It has resulted in the entire world economy becoming a system that is interdependent in nature.
Technological innovations have increased efficiency and effectiveness in organisational processes. (Drucker, 2004)A variety of products and services can easily be found in the market due to innovations. People have more options to choose from in terms of services and products than in the times when innovations didn’t exist. Inventions and innovations have played a great role in the GDP growth in many nations all over the world. This also means that the standard GDP per capita growth for the entire world has also grown due to technological change.
All these factors or aspects are positive but this does not mean that all innovations equate to progress. Adverse effects of innovationsResearch cried out by Radzilowski, 2004 shows that innovations have also resulted in adverse effects. Technological advancement in military weapons has resulted in wars in some nations. It is very easy for someone to stage a bomb and kill thousands of people within minutes. Technology in military weapons has therefore resulted in deaths and loss of property. (Radzilowski, 2004)Many innovations have resulted in pollution of the environment.
Analysis shows that innovations of motor vehicles produce harmful gases that pollute the air. Many industries have come up because of innovations. They have in turn produced gases that are released carelessly into the environment. This has resulted in air pollution. Propylene is one of the chemicals that are highly used in making filing systems and thermoforming products. (Alberts, 2003)This chemical has undergone many innovations in the twenty first century. Propylene factories are highly known for releasing very harmful gases into the air.
These gases on the other hand negatively affect crop yields leading to poor food production. Many industries are currently located in areas where they are causing noise pollution. (Commoner, 2006) While many innovations are known to result in pollution, it rolls over to climate change and poor crop yields in the affected areas. It is quite amazing how one action can adversely affect many aspects in the ecosystem. According to Commoner, 2006 technological innovations in fishing and agricultural sectors also result in adverse effects on various aspects. Many technological products are not bio-degradable.
This has resulted in adverse effects on the environment. (Commoner, 2006)