Is technology really making our lives better? A closer look.
In the 21st century, we all know that technology is an integral part of our daily lives, and it seems to be getting more advanced every day. When you ask people whether they think technology really makes their lives better, though, you might get some interesting responses. Some people are adamant that there’s no comparison between modern-day life and what it would be like without technology, while others claim that it has had a negative impact on society in many ways and has changed us for the worse.
The evolution of information technology
Our world has changed dramatically over just a few decades. Technology is responsible for much of that evolution and has made many aspects of our day-to-day tasks easier to manage and more convenient, but it’s also clear that some innovations have had a negative impact on us as individuals and as a society, too. Has information technology been all positive?
Examples of how information technology has impacted society as a whole can be found throughout history. Every decade or so, we’ve adopted new innovations that have changed not only how we work but also how we live and play, too. Examples include radio, television, cell phones, and then smartphones and tablets
Each of this information technology (IT) innovations has had a positive and negative impact on society as a whole. Radio, for example, was great for socializing and keeping up with current events in news broadcasts, but it also came with its own set of issues including exposure to potentially dangerous electromagnetic fields and concerns about inappropriate content being aired or even advertised to children.
The number of tech devices we carry
As of 2012, there were more than 6 billion smartphones and tablets in use worldwide, a 48% increase from 2010. It’s estimated that by 2018, there will be 10 billion mobile devices on Earth. That doesn’t even count desktop computers, laptops, other handheld devices (like e-readers) or anything else not currently out on store shelves today. The time we spend with these devices: Studies show we check our phones an average of 150 times per day—that’s once every six minutes! The average person checks their phone 47 times per waking hour, totaling 3,427 times per year. Americans collectively spend 5.7 years looking at their phones each year. How many hours do you think you personally spend looking at your device each week?
The evolution of social media
The Internet is turning into a huge virtual community, and it’s getting bigger every day. Facebook has over one billion users worldwide, so why not put your business out there for all to see? Posting your own digital ad or sponsored post on social media could be just what you need to grab people’s attention and generate interest in your brand—and get them coming back for more. There are some things to keep in mind when using social media, though: if you don’t have time to be on call 24/7 (or if your target audience isn’t likely to be online at 2 a.m.), then maybe that hour of free time isn’t as valuable as you thought. And remember that social media is about engagement; if no one responds to your posts, you won’t be able to build an audience. It might be worth rethinking your strategy before investing too much time in a platform with little return.
Privacy and security concerns
It may be hard to remember a time when we didn’t have to worry about privacy and security online, but recent data breaches and security concerns have made it crystal clear that we need to take action to protect ourselves. Here are five ways you can start today 1) Keep your software up-to-date; 2) Use strong passwords; 3) Don’t click on suspicious links or download attachments from emails; 4) Be careful with public Wi-Fi networks; 5) Turn on two-factor authentication for all of your accounts where possible. If you want to learn more about keeping yourself safe online, check out The Complete Guide to Online Privacy and Security by Steve Morgan. This comprehensive guide covers everything from encryption methods to securing cloud storage services like Dropbox—and it will help keep your information safe.
The evolution of self-expression
Self-expression has come a long way since its beginnings as rudimentary grunting, sketching on cave walls, and low-tech written correspondence. Is it possible that we’ve come full circle? What are you using to express yourself today – and how does it compare to your predecessors’ methods? While some argue that modern technologies like social media have made us more isolated than ever before, others believe they have made us more connected. Have you noticed an impact on your own life? How do you see self-expression evolving in years to come?
Are we happier than ever before?
It may be difficult to admit, but it’s true: Happiness has not risen over time, according to a growing body of research. So why do we continue to assume that things are getting better and that being happy is just a result of having more technology and material goods than previous generations? The answer lies in how we think about happiness. The happiness we experience today isn’t necessarily related to how much money or stuff we have; rather, it’s tied closely to our expectations of what life should be like. In other words, if you believe that happiness comes from owning a certain type of car or living in a certain type of house, then you will be unhappy if you don’t achieve those goals. However, if you can keep your expectations realistic—and remember that happiness comes from within—then there is no reason to believe that technology won’t make your life better.
Will AI take over the world?
As artificial intelligence becomes more sophisticated, there are fears that these bots will take over and enslave humanity. It’s an idea explored in movies like The Terminator and 2001: A Space Odyssey and by futurists like Ray Kurzweil—and it has some researchers worried as well. Now a team of experts is weighing in on whether or not AI will truly lead to human-bot overlords and they have a surprising answer: yes—but it’ll be a good thing! In their new paper, The Malicious Use of Artificial Intelligence: Forecasting, Prevention, and Mitigation researchers argue that we should embrace machine learning because it can help us achieve all sorts of things we never thought possible. But before you start panicking about killer robots taking over the world, here are a few reasons why you shouldn’t worry too much about super-intelligent machines taking control…yet.