Our future will be primarily that of scientifically based technology. A perfectly well balanced life certainly will include the arts.
The achievement of technology in a culture makes it possible for new images to be created by the artist, and new challenges originated as a result. Technology assists the artists in creating what they have imagined.
The development of new modes are brought about by thinking within a new medium. Therefore, the antiquated solutions are no longer relevant to the new problem encountered.
“The kind of mind we come to own is profoundly influenced by what we have an opportunity to learn and experience. The mind is a vast potentiality. The course of its development is shaped by its use. Use in turn, is shaped by the conditions of the culture in which one lives. Culture itself can be regarded as the condition of context affords an individual for the invention of mind. When one shapes the culture . . . one provides direction to the invention of mind.”
Technology can be described as an abundance of tools that provides new thinking, and human intelligence. The bottom line is that educators must rely on the arts, science and technology to do their work.
The other side of the coin displays some dangers to technology. Technology creates new opportunities and develops the mind, it can also lead to a sense of mindlessness.
The television is a powerful piece of technology. We spend many hours out of our lives watching television on a daily basis. The television can lull us to sleep and distract us from the important things in life.
Our children have been caught up in the rushing streams of fantasy land. They are led to believe that there is an answer to every question and every problem can be solved through the image that they view.
Some contributions of technology and art are:
1. The automobile,
2. prepackaged frozen dinners,
3. the airplane,
5. paint, and
Because of the artists sensitivity to culture, they have aided mankind to see the world free from conventional blinders. It is because of this that our curiosity has been piqued, and our imagination stimulated to the point that the world around us can be seen better.
Through education, the potential of technology and the arts is encouraged to enhance rather than to enslave.