The range of technology is increasing the gap between the rich and the poor. To what extent do you agree?
Nowadays, modern technology is playing an important role in the economic development in many countries. However, whether it has increased the gap between the rich and poor remains a controversial issue. I agree with the view that despite the existence of poverty, technology undoubtedly helps bridge the gap between the two.
First, it is obvious that technology enables people to boost the efficiency and productivity, consequently making more wealth than ever before. With the high speed of automobiles, for example, human resources and materials have been transferred rapidly, and thus the economic growth has been promoted. Therefore, every country in the world pays a great amount of attention to the technological research and application in order to make itself prosperous.
Moreover, new technology also indeed provides more education opportunities to people who live in rural areas and were not used to get adequate knowledge. With the help of Internet, these people are now able to obtain updated and crucial information that can teach them new skills. If they are still kept isolated from the fast-growing world, they will of course lag behind permanently.
That is not to say that new technology can settle all the economic and social dilemmas we are facing today. New technologies sometimes pose significant obstacles to poor or new comers because in some circumstances, new high-tech productions need enormous fund, manpower and experiences which are far more beyond the capacity of them. But to be honest, there are still a wide range of niche markets available for them.
In sum, we should fully harness the power of new technology to eliminate the impartial factors in the society; meanwhile, government should take other measures, like taxation leverage, to help the weak group develop. Only by doing so can we ensure that we can set up a comfortable place beneficial to all walks of life in the society.