Essay 33 – We are becoming increasingly dependent on computers

GT Writing Task 2 (Essay Writing) Sample # 33

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

As part of a class assignment you have to write about the following topic:

We are becoming increasingly dependent on computers. They are used in business, hospitals, crime detection and even to fly planes. What things will they be used in the future? Is this dependence on computers a good thing or should we be more suspicious of their benefits?

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

You should write at least 250 words.

Model Answer 1:

Computers are a relatively new invention. The first computer was built around seven decades ago and it is the last thirty years or so that their influences have affected our everyday life to a great extent. Personal computers were introduced as recently as the early eighties. In this short time, they have made a tremendous impact on our lives. We are now so dependent on computers that it is hard to imagine what things would be without them. You have only got to go into a bank when their main computer is broken to appreciate the chaos that would occur if computers were suddenly removed world-wide.

In the future, computers will be used to create bigger and even more sophisticated computers. The prospects for this are quite alarming. They will be so complex that no individual could hope to understand how they work. They will bring a lot of benefits but they will also increase the potential for unimaginable chaos. They will, for example, be able to fly planes and they will be able to coordinate the movements of several planes in the vicinity of an airport. Providing all the computers are working correctly nothing can go wrong, but if one small program fails- disaster.

There is a certain inevitability that technology will progress and become increasingly complex. We should, however, ensure that we are still in a position where we can control the technology. It will be too easy to suddenly discover that technology is controlling us. By then it might be too late. I believe that it is very important to be suspicious of the benefits that computers bring and to make sure that we never become totally dependent on a completely technological world.

(This answer is taken from Cambridge IELTS Book 1)

Model Answer 2:

Computers are perhaps a marvellous invention of the modern era and they have already revolutionaries the way we do most of our works. With more powerful processing power and the advancement of artificial intelligence, they will be used in more sophisticated work in the future and we should always be in charge of computers and not let them control us.

In the future, computers will be used to produce more sophisticated software and hardware towards the creation of next-generation computers and robots. They will also be used to alter human DNA structure to erase genetic limitations before we are born. We will be able to explore outer space and reach to distant corners of the universe with the help of powerful computer technology. Finally, future soldiers who would fight deadly battles will be robots and controlled by computers who would bring unfathomable destructions to the world.

Since computers have advanced, and is still advancing the human civilisations and made things possible which otherwise would have been unattainable, we can’t progress further without the use of computers. I believe that as long as we control them and use them on our benefits, dependency on computers is not bad. But such dependence should not be so extensive that we would be clueless when they malfunction or act against us. We should be suspicious of their use whenever we find that we don’t have alternatives rather than depending on them.

To conclude, the computer is a great tool to aid us and make our life and work simple. But we should always be in charge and have alternatives whenever there is a chance of disaster. In fact, we should always be their master as the inventor and not slave due to our carelessness and over-reliance on their use.

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