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by Chidi Anekwe, Nigeria Nov 8, 2003
Peace & Conflict , Technology   Opinions


In a world faced with the proliferation of anti-life technologies and conscious of the impending dangers of modern technology. It has become imperative for a global awakening and calls for concern from eminent world leaders, activist, voluntary agencies and such organizations as the United Nations.

Without doubt, science and technology has contributed greatly to the advancement of the human race and helped to change the way we live-from obscurity to the computer era. In other ways emerging technology has posed a considerable threat to the existence and survival of mankind.

In recent times, technology has encouraged the production of weapons of holocaustic nature and scientists in their quest to conquer nature have evolved various concepts including the concept of human cloning. These pose a big challenge to the precise meaning and principle of humanity. In this regard, students have an active and urgent role to play in determining the relationship between man and technology--if technology is for progress or for destruction. Since students and scientists are at the focal point of it all.

Nevertheless, man is already engulfed in some kind of identity crisis which will be further enhanced by human cloning. With this idea of cloning, family values and tradition are going to be eroded thereby breaking the strong bond that links man in our communities. In this way sustainable peace will be elusive since the first constituency in every society is the family. This is a great threat to the values and sacred nature of human life.

Students and scientists are at the delivery of new technologies and therefore determine the trend for emerging technologies. It is important that they use the role positively as pro-life advocates and demonstrate the value of human life in their work. No tool or piece of knowledge has an innate moral context. With the increasing adversities of technology economic and industrial development will be impeded and sustainable world peace will continue to elude humanity.



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