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10IPT: Debate D Topic

posted Mar 15, 2011, 9:17 PM by Eddie Woo
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"Watson, come here! I want to see you!" These were the historic first words spoken by Alexander Graham Bell on 10 March, 1876 - Bell's first successful experiment with his prototype telephone. And the world has never been the same since. The ability to (virtually) instantly communicate with someone great distances away - whether it is by audio, text, video or any combination of the above - has become a reality that most modern people simply assume is normal.

Additionally, most modern people assume that this ability is a step forward by humanity - the classic use of a new technology to do amazing and previously unimaginable things. This is true in many ways. But many would argue that telecommunications has created as many problems as it has solved. People never need to be punctual any more because they may just call in late or cancel the meeting with a simple text. We have hundreds of 'friends' through social network sites but very few real relationships. It is common for individuals to spend hundreds of hours every year watching YouTube alone. We are a society that, more and more every day, simply cannot switch off.

"We - both as individuals and as a worldwide society - are better off with telecommunications technology as a regular, integral part of our daily lives."

This debate is designed to serve as a lead-in to our new major topic in IPT, communications systems.