Technology Is Moving Faster Than Anyone Imagined

Technology Is Moving Faster Than Anyone Imagined

Moores law has made our life so much less private but so much more convenient.
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We are in the future, VR, Tesla, and Nest is all the proof I need:

Netflix has been making waves by touching on various ethical issues involving technology, but real life is not so different from Black Mirror. Devices have been shrinking ever since Moores Law was introduced in 1965, (which statesthat the number of transistors per square inch on integrated circuits had doubled every year since their invention.) This has made every major electronic device shrink consistently over the last 50 years and is one of the reason our phones are advancing so quickly. This created what is now known as the internet of things, which is an ecosystem of electronic devices that work together. Sometimes this can be called a “handset eco-system.” This means that all the devices despite working together, could be different makes or models, but are generally produced by the same company. For example, Apple has their branded ecosystem to include: Apple Watch, Macbooks, iPhones, iPods, and iPads. Across these devices which allows you to get your iMessages through all your apple products. Some other companies even use the same kind of technology and sync up with your phone, such as Nest, which is a thermostat system you can control with your laptop, phone or internet connected smart devices. Nest started with just thermostat controls- now you can control your locks, your lights, your temperature, and literally turn your home into an internet of things. Nest will track your habits, and this data is encrypted, so it is secured against most people getting into it, however there are always going to be bad actors trying to get into peoples data. With the data tracking it is a double edged sword, however it is good and bad. Nest actually learns from your habits over time and sets the temperature perfectly after a little while of using it. It gets better over time and even works with products such as Amazons' Alexa. Alexa can refill your razors or soap, change your music, and even lock your doors if you have the right locks.

Just because you can, doesn't mean you should

Generally speaking these are wonderful things that save energy, but there are negative sides of having your building being interconnected. Ethics and technology do not often move at the same pace, and very often ethics trails behind technology, “Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should.” -Ian, from Jurassic Park. With that being said, people who are capable will try to hack systems just like that just for fun. Some of these vulnerabilities can and will be exploited and for some aspects this can be very harmless, like a prank on a friend. This can also be malicious and could be some stranger getting into your tech. With your watch, you can view your messages, adjust your thermostat, lock your doors, and start your car. Cars are now self driving, and can pick you up thanks to Tesla, and google forerunning the smart car killer apps. The future is here as many people would define it, and people will either adapt, or be left behind. The security vulnerability with the internet of things can be very serious, but it is not impossible to secure. If you ever played Deus Ex, or Fallout- hacking things can seem so rudimentary that it kind of desentisizes us to that word and the ethical implications- but be aware that hacking into someones home without their consent is a felony. According to 18 U.S.C. § 1029, you cannot legally get into someones applications or anything that stores their personal data legally without their permission. (More information on cyber crimes here) heres a small list of data that could be compromised due to the integration we have in our technology:

- Credit card information

- Fitness and vitals data

- Location data

- Shopping history

- Browsing history (even if you go incognito)

- Networking information (who you talk to, what you say to them)

- Potentially Not safe for work photos

- Social security number

- Other insights into your life like political affilation, or sexual preference.

Not everyone is going to get hacked, but the number of cyber crimes have increased ever since the introduction of the internet to more and more homes. According to the Bureau of Justice- Approximately 68% of the victims of cyber theft sustained monetary loss of $10,000 or more. By comparison, 34% of the businesses detecting cyber attacks and 31% of businesses detecting other computer security incidents lost more than $10,000. These are business that for the most part have dedicated cyber security employees that are supposed to protect said data. This makes it hard for the average person, but securing your data and Personally Identifyable Information (PII) is on your shoulders. Here is a comprehensive guide on data security.

Ultimately we are responsible for our own data

We are more connected than ever. Our data and information is spread accross so many different mediums and devices. It is on us to use the proper safeguards to keep our data and identity. With technology moving faster than some of us can keep up, it can be a scary time for a lot of people, however, I personally chose to embrace and welcome these changes into my life by adapting to it. I love technology, and would be so excited to see where this technology will take our lifestyles. I am also curious to see how the cyber security realm will change to adapt to these issues and technology.

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Does Technology Make Us More Alone?

Technology -- we all love it and we all use it, but how is it affecting us?
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In this day and age, it is near impossible to do anything without the use of technology. You can pay your bills, manage your bank accounts and even chat with a customer service representative all with the use of your smartphone.

Is the use of technology starting to take away from our person-to-person interaction? Think about how often you grab your smartphone or tablet and text your friends instead of picking up the phone to call them or, better yet, making plans to hang out in person.

Technology is supposed to make us feel more connected by allowing us to stay in touch with our friends by using social media sites such as Facebook or Twitter and of course, texting. But are our smartphones getting in the way of socializing? Does technology make us feel more alone?

There is a term that is commonly used, "FOMO" –– short for "fear of missing out." Yes, this is a real thing. If for some crazy reason you don't check your Twitter or Facebook news feed every 10 minutes are you really missing out?

The fact that we have become so dependent on knowing exactly what is going on in other people's lives is sad. We should be focusing on our own lives and our own interactions and relationships with people.

Technology is making us more alone because instead of interacting with our friends in person, we are dependent on using our phones or tablets. We start to compare ourselves and our lives to others because of how many likes we get on our Instagram photos.

We are forgetting how to use our basic communication skills because we aren't interacting with each other, anymore. We are too busy with our noses in our phones. Young kids are dependent on a tablet to keep them entertained rather than playing with toys. That is not how I want my children to grow up.

As a society, we will start to become very lonely people if we don't start making changes. We are ruining personal relationships because of the addiction to our smartphones and checking our social media sites every five minutes.

It's time for us to own our mistakes and start to change. Next time you reach for your phone, stop yourself. When you are with your friends, ignore your phone and enjoy the company of your loved ones around you.

Technology is a great thing, but it is also going to be the thing that tears us apart as a society if we don't make changes on how dependent we are on it.

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5 Apps To Help You Keep Your New Year's Resolutions

To help you focus on making the most of the year.

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It's getting to that point in the year where people are starting to lose steam when it comes to their New Year's Resolutions. If you're like me, you make some pretty big goals, but then fall short on how to achieve them. We are all so connected to our phones, that sometimes the best way to keep track of our goals, is to use our phones. Here's a list of 5 apps that will help keep you on track for your New Year's resolutions.

1. Goodreads.

If one of your resolutions was to read more, then this is the app for you. Goodreads lets you set a reading goal for the year and track your progress. You can make reading lists and track your progress page by page. It also allows you to review books and read other people's reviews.

2. TV Time.

If one of your resolutions was to catch up on all of those shows that people talk about that you've never seen, then try TV Time. Much like Goodreads, it allows you to select what shows you want to watch, log shows you have watched, and track your progress episode by episode. It also lets you look at reviews and interact with other users.

3. Letterboxd.

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If TV shows aren't your thing, but you vowed to watch more movies, then Letterboxd is more your speed. Browse movies by genre, popularity, release date, and many more. Select the movies you have watched and pick which ones are on your watchlist. You can make lists of movies and browse others altogether and you can also rate and review every movie.

4. Flora.

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If you have made either a resolution to use your phone less or to focus more, try downloading Flora. Flora lets you set a timer 25 minutes up to almost 2 hours. Once you set a timer, a seed is planted on your phone and if you click any buttons, the plant will die. However, if you succeed and don't use your phone within the time you set, a tree will grow and will be added to your digital garden. If you need a little more incentive, you can bet real money that you won't lose. If you do lose, you pay the money and a real tree is planted in a rural community. When signing up with Facebook, you can also see how many trees your friends have planted.

5. One List.

App Of The Day: One List

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One of the New Year's resolutions people have is to be more productive. If you're like me, you're most productive when you have a list of the things you have to do. One List is the most simple to do list app I have found. You simply pull down on the screen to add something to the list. You can set a priority for each task and then they are automatically sorted from highest to lowest priority. Then you simply swipe to check a task off the list.

So, unless one of your resolutions was to reduce how much you use your phone or stop using your phone altogether, some of these apps are bound to help you achieve one of your resolutions.

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