Think about all of the technology that is available to us every day. Now think whether we are using it to its full potential. Chances are, we’re probably not; there are always new solutions thought up to problems that aren’t actually that much of a problem in itself. So how do we go about making use of technology for the better – and what are we missing out on?
Technology For Voting
Every election, regardless of the country that it’s happening in, there is some commotion in relation to whether the whole process has been rigged. There isn’t enough trust that is placed in the people who have been selected to count the votes from the general public, especially when a result out of the blue happens – such as Trump’s election to presidency at the beginning of this year. However, there are companies out there who are determined to overthrow this outdated process. While it’s traditional to go to the polling station on election day to place your vote, in this busy life that we have now all adapted to it is seen as an inconvenience. People don’t work set shifts anymore, and plans can change at the drop of the hat in regards to staying on in order to get the task done. There are certain conditions which may disable a person from leaving their home, whether mental or physical. Smartmatic have developed an app which is hoping to cut down on the risk of hacking and fraud that are prevalent in the voting process currently. By using facial recognition by means of the user taking a selfie to be able to authorise their vote, they are instantly stamping down on the forgery that happens via postal votes; anybody could sign a document to say that it’s from ‘them’ when sending it in. So is this the future for voting? Only time will tell; with security being compromised on an almost weekly basis around the world, this is definitely a safer option to consider.
Technology For Surveillance
As time has gone on, cameras have gotten smaller and smaller. Surveillance means and methods have changed from the big, clumpy 1984-esque CCTV cameras to video equipment that is small enough to fit into a buttonhole and go unnoticed. Not only this, but it can now stream straight to your smartphone, meaning that you don’t have to be stuck in one location to view the happenings of where your camera is located, as was the case around ten years ago. The past few years have seen the rise of drones, with them becoming available to purchase for the general public. While it was originally just a fancier remote controlled plane to fly, cameras quickly became attached to them, meaning that aerial shots were easier to come by. This also caused privacy concerned for those who were being affected by unwarranted drones flying into their gardens or onto their property, taking images which weren’t strictly theirs to take. But in terms of surveillance, this is definitely an excellent idea. Drones can go where humans can’t get to easily – in the air – and are able to fly at a speed which could keep up with a human on foot. The person operating them has to be licensed in order to be able to fly them within a public area, and it’s fast becoming a way of life for the emergency services in order to find out the location of a specific person or thing that they need to get to. It is cutting down the response time by minutes, which is life-saving in some situations.
Technology For Driving
Although we’re cited as being one of the most productive generations to have ever lived, a lot of it is down to having equipment that can do jobs for us that we would otherwise have to do, thus taking up more of our time. One of these jobs is driving; something that a lot of us are divided on. We either love it or we hate it. Audi have recently developed a Robocar which is self-driving, with no need for direct human interaction to get it from A to B. Of course, it will still need human support – there is no robot that can react quickly to threats that a human would perceive in an instant. But it’s still paving the way for a machine to be able to do this effectively, and that’s the main thing to take into consideration. There could be fleets of driverless cars operating around cities within our lifetime.