The importance of computers

Computer technology is changing our life in a very frantic way. The age of computers begisn in the 1950’s and since then computer themselves have become more sophisticated while at the same time more and more uses have been found for them.

Nowadays thousands of businesses and governement offices use computers to keep track of their records and their accounts. Moreover there are activities such as public transport, shopping, booking a theatre ticket or a flight , that rely on computers.

Even small companies have some workstations, with network connections and internet access. So it’s clear that computers have become very important in our daily lives since most of the time they are used to make certain activities or transactions faster and easier . But we shouldn’t forget that computers can also have a negative influence which is affecting the way we live in more questionable ways.

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Genetics: Role and responsabilities of a scientist

The wonders to which scientific research has already been trying to accustom us for a long time are undoubtedly very positive , because they try to improve our life more and more.

In the last few years great advancements have been made in all fields, especially in electronic technology and genetics. Now, the problem is to know whether it is right to apply these discoveries for pacific purpose and non. For instance, genetic engineering can modify the cellular programming of incurable diseases , but in the hands of a scientist who is a little mad and wishes to put himself in the place of God in creating life, it could turn out to be very dangerous. Modern doctor  Frankeinstein could be able to create human clones and we run the risk that the genetics laboratories will turn into ” factories” for making babies , just as if they were puppets.

For this reason scientists have a great moral responsibility and they should be ready to quit their experiments if they understand that their discoveries could be used for a biological conditioning of mankind .

We cannot stop scientific progress but a scientist should always be aware that he has the possibility of giving life but to destroy it, too.

Do videogames isolate children?

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Over the past two decades the world has been transformed by computer technology. Clearly, we can no longer avoid computers in our daily lives. Most of the times they are used to make certain activities or transactions faster and easier. But they can also have a negative influence which is affecting the way kids live in more questionables ways. Hardly a day goes by without a new videogame is launched on the market and the great success they are having is changing the life of our children.

Once they used to play with dolls, robots and the most creative once with legos, while the teenagers preferred board games. These kind of games were very important because they stimulated children and kids to interaction thus enhancing their communicating ability. Today, instead,  the world has gone multimedia mad and things have changed a lot. It is now very common to hear a nine or ten years old  child talking about computer programmes in such an easy way and with, a perfect use of the technical lexis. Children start using the computer at an early age so they become skilled pretty soon.

Modern kids prefer a videogame to a traditional game even if this means having to play alone because when they switch their computer on and load the game,  it’s as if they enter another world. Even if they are physically alone the don’t feel isolated because they get so involved in the videogame that they “become” the main character in it. Whether there are airplanes to knock down, monsters to kill or tests to pass, the kids feel personally involed in the game because their ability makes it go on. So, in a certain sense it is true that computer games may isolate children who don’t feel the necessity of sharing time with their peers. In fact, they consider the computer as a friend which never disappoints them . all they have to do is switching it on when they feel like playing.

Anyway I  think thath modern kids should be taught how to enjoy the human side of games, because growing up involves  facing other people and real experiences, not virtual ones.

Today, too many teenagers are frustrated and depressed and sometimes they don’t know how to escape from the blue mood. So they think they can find a solution in spending hours and hours in front of a computer screen, not realizing  that a real friend is what they really need.