The internet of things, there are pros and cons when it comes to this particular issue, more devices connected to the internet, easier interface and usability, with multiple devices connected to the internet like our toaster, house lights, and fridge, it can serve as a very productive form of assistance for busy people. Super cool! But what is the other side to having everything in your home and around you connected to the internet? Information, and security.
This is always a concern whether users think about it or not. The more devices you have connected to the internet the more information you are displaying about yourself not just to the advertising companies, but also to hackers, which poses as a threat to your security. For example, you have now connected a fridge to the internet, now you can look inside your fridge when you’re not at home and adjust the temperature. Great. But now the corporation who made that fridge knows what time you leave the house, what kind of food you like, and can even deduce how much you eat out depending on the usage.
The internet of things is not 100% safe and only view able to the corporations, as nothing really is on the internet, so for example say that a hacker was able to breach your system. Now they know when you leave the house, hence they could use this great power of technology for malicious intent. So the internet of things has its upside, but I believe its downside weighs much more.
Google’s self driving car is a buzz all over the internet. A car that can drive itself, something we only see in movies and Hollywood and comic books. This may be exciting now but it is important to understand the effects of the self driving car in the long run.
The way I see Google’s self driving car is that it is only a tool for human beings who are too lazy to do anything. This new gadget will serve no other purpose that would benefit anyone except for entertainment, and if it is any good, I believe that the cons outweigh the pro. Taxi drivers would go out of business, even if taxi’s still existed by the time Google’s self driving car consumed the market, human beings wouldn’t be needed to control the vehicle, so it would be putting a lot of people out of their jobs. In addition UBER drivers would lose their jobs, truck drivers would eventually lose their jobs, and those people who park your car would eventually be without a job.
I believe that technology is making human beings lazier and only decreases the majority’s’ standard of living in order to increase the standard of living of a few. So Google’s self driving car will cause the economy to crumble, or at least part of it, at the expense of the middle class workers.