Technology may be a blessing for the human race but its advancement in the past decade or so has been quite an overwhelming experience.
While innovations like 3D printing and its uses in the field of medicine make us feel proud to be a part of the atomic age, certain inventions like Google Glass, for example, leave us wondering if tech corporations, in their bid to transform the future, are going a little off the wall.
Here are a few odd facts about technology and fears usually associated with it that will help you in understanding how alarmingly scary our world could possibly become.
Social media websites have become an integral part of our lives. Some also associate these platforms with revolution and change. For many, life without social networking is unimaginable.
However, is this all normal? Apparently, it isn’t.
Various studies show that regular and/or excessive use of forums like Facebook can make a person envious, shallow, and dumber and even encourage feelings of unhappiness and discontent in one’s life.
Just as an example, in October last year, some internet users thought it’d be interesting to take selfies at funerals and share them on Twitter.
Needless to say, it was wrong and disrespectful. But it happened, and people were quite into it just because it became a social media trend, a must-do-it-before-someone-else obsession.
Short version: Technology is affecting the way we think and act without us even realizing that it’s happening.
[Barbaric]Invasion of privacy (Google Glass):
One of the biggest examples of how technology in the future can be annoyingly invasive is Google Glass.
How can the idea of someone staring at you, and at the same time recording your each and every movement, make any sense at all?
Moreover, the dangers of hacking are always there. In fact, it has been proved by several software developers that internet-connected gadgets like Glass and its alternatives can remotely be hacked and controlled.
“Once the attacker has root on your Glass, they have much more power than if they had access to your phone or even your computer: they have control over a camera and a microphone that are attached to your head. A bugged Glass doesn't just watch your every move: it watches everything you are looking at (intentionally or furtively) and hears everything you do. The only thing it doesn't know are your thoughts,” stated Jay Freeman aka Saurik – the creator of Cydia, a popular app store for jailbroken iOS devices.
Scientists are working on computer systems that can now tell if a person is genuinely in pain or just faking it. There are apps in the making that will be able to detect an individual’s emotions.
And what if rapid progress in these technologies ends up making some sort of a mind-reader or a thought-identification app for instance?
It could be possible and potentially very, very dangerous.
Would you want to have more than one Justin Bieber in the world? Of course not.
Ever wondered if accurately cloning humans becomes possible (and legal), what dangers it could pose to the well-being of the human race?
Last year, scientists applied the technique to make the first embryonic stem cell lines from human skin cells. It was declared as a major advancement towards the cloning of humans.
However, as fascinating as it may be, the multiplying of a singular individual has its own limitations. The picture above is just an example of it.
Weapons Of War:
Last year, it was widely reported that terminator-style robots 'could be a reality within 10 years'.
Of course, there couldn’t be anything more destructive than a nuclear bomb but the idea of having “killer robots” amidst humans is undeniably equally disturbing.
Human rights organizations and activists have argued that the so-called killer robots are a threat to international stability and can lock on and kill targets without further involvement of human handlers.
It reminds us of Albert Einstein's very famous quote: 'I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.'
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