Sasha Talks Tech
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Though we’re clearly a tech-loving culture, there’s no denying that a lot of people tend to talk about technology in quite negative ways.
There are complaints about the fact that we’re focussing less on nature and what makes us human and more on the latest gadgets and technology advances. People say that we don’t go outside enough because technology makes it more fun to stay indoors. Some say that we don’t pay enough attention to each other or our studies, and that our attention spans in general are being negatively affected. There are also concerns that people are losing their jobs because of the increasing role of automation.
A pretty bleak picture is being painted here, right? Are we becoming so obsessed both with entertainment and how far we can push technology that we’re putting humanity second and technology first. But is this really the case? The fact is that the vast majority of technology we produce is being used to help humanity in various ways. Perhaps it’s worth taking a minute or two (or five or ten; it depends on how fast you can read) to remind ourselves of the areas in which tech advances are helping us!
Electronic voting has its pros and cons but the revolutionary technology can't be ignored. The sort of voting technology that companies such as Smartmatic provide come with a benefits, for instance, paper votes simply aren’t as secure as electronic ones. Votes via an electronic system are stored immediately in a locked database; paper votes remain at a certain location, vulnerable to destruction from either natural disasters or villainous human beings. There’s also the ease of counting to consider; there’s much less chance of human error resulting in a miscount.
Digital Nomad Lifestyle
Someone once said, millennials are living their retirement now. That's thanks to the slew of opportunities made possible by the internet. The ability to work from home using the Internet is a lot more important than you might think. Those who have trouble leaving the house now have more employment opportunities than ever, as long as they have a computer and an Internet connection. Technology has also helped businesses cut costs and increase their efficiency when it comes to data collection and collaboration. Still, it’s worth highlighting that some of the naysayers have a point in this field - many governments are investing too much in technology at the expensive of manufacturing sectors!
Smartphone apps, Internet crowdfunding, and social media - these have all been a massive boon to many charities across the world. It’s now easier than ever to both spread the word to more people about a particular cause and interact directly with both potential donors and those in need of assistance. There are so many mobile apps out there that help people stay up-to-date with charitable causes, as well as facilitate the easy transfer of funds should people wish to donate. Charities that work with animals have definitely felt the positive effects of the Internet and social media; if there’s one thing that people love to see and share online, it’s videos and images of animals!
We used to prescribe mercury, cigarettes, and holes in the skull to cure many ailments. Even back in the 1950s, we’d come a long way. But in the past few years, medical technology has seen rapid development. Bionics - the study and development of biological electronics - is definitely a good example. We’re seeing robotic prosthetics that can be controlled by the power of thought - and even advances that help people get sensory feedback from the things that they touch with those limbs. Remote technology has also helped a bunch; the Internet has made telemedicine possible, so patients can be treated via email and video conversations. Some gadgets can even tell when something is about to go wrong - for example, some pacemakers are transmit signals for help if a cardiac problem is going to occur - not just when it already has.
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