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Technology Is Making the World More Unequal

Technology is to blame for harboring the growth of some level of inequality in the world today. The use of surveillance technology makes it easier for the corrupt governments, to survey on any opposition that could curtail their corrupt practices. The rich elite minority abuses power and gets away with it as they are able to keep the dissidents at bay. This makes inequality more stable as the minority elites are able to advance policies that favor their agenda. As a result, the majority poor end up resenting the rich minority. This is due to some policies the rich minority advance that continues to oppress the poor. Since wealth comes with political influence, the rich are able to pass policies without much opposition.

These policies advanced by the rich, are defeated over time through revolutions or extensive reforms in the governments. This has been done in places like Brazil and Sweden. Some societies have prevented the collapse by convincing the elites to hand over some bits of their ill-earned wealth to the rest of the country. The masses, however, eventually develop resentment against the oppressors and emerge through revolutions.

However, technology is making it difficult for the masses to revolt against the oppressors. This is because people trying to revolt against the ruling minority are surveyed and identified early in advance. Once spotted, the dissidents are cruelly dealt with through torture and detentions. In some cases, the dissidents are faced with execution. In some countries like Ethiopia, critics of the ruling elites including those in the media are dealt with after being surveyed through the use of sophisticated surveillance technology.

Disparities in the Economy

Other aspects of inequality resulting from technology use are the rising levels of disparities in income distributions. While low-income countries are using technology to close the gap between the rich and the poor, the technologically advanced countries are experiencing disparities never experienced before. Labor saving technology is employed and this leaves a lot of people without employment opportunities. The jobless are left to work in healthcare and retail jobs, which are less paying and this leaves the workers with fewer incomes.

At the same time, the technology employed is owned by a few rich, who continue to generate a lot of income from the sale of the labor-saving technologies. These income disparities are epitomized by the large income disparities in the Silicon Valley. The region has the highest income median of about $94,000. This is higher than the national median of about $53,00. The region has also some of the most expensive houses which mean that a lot of people cannot afford decent housing. This has led to a very high number of people being homeless.