Technology Globally Driving Inequality

There is already an understanding of the divide between countries across the world under the terms of “developed” and “developing” nations. However, there is so much more to what these labels mean and how they continue to prevent further growth towards equity. As important as this is, it is a topic for another post, haha. Today I wanted to touch upon the growing technological divide across the world and how it creates continuous impacts on every nation.

So how does technology serve as a divider? Most prominently, it serves as a substantial step towards the types of jobs that are available to individuals within an area. This can be seen in how an increase in technology means that it will replace certain manual labor positions with robots. The replacement of these positions also serves to increase the role of capital in production. By automating jobs, countries that may have previously produced materials or certain capital will now have a significant number of unemployed individuals. Obtaining better technology also provides more opportunity to gain advanced skills, thus placing a divide in how some positions are seen as more powerful than others. The divide in technology brings with it social implications. Countries without the same level of knowledge or accessibilty to this resource are then perceived as being incapable of power to the same capacity as developed nations.

Although technology brings with it a wide variety of opportunity and achievement, without an equitable accessibility to the resource, many countries will continue to fall behind. The idea of maintaining roles of power within society also means that countries with accessibility to this resource will work towards being the only ones capable of utilizing technology to profit socially and economically.

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