By Liam Seymour
Let’s deliberate on the social aspect, which could be considered one of the more important aspects out of the three suggested above. How has wearable technology positively influenced the social dimensions of the masses? Well currently in the recent century there has been a spike in technologic advances and the applications that has become an intrinsic part of life. We are now able to receive information at the flick of the wrist. We no longer require interaction between peers to grasp important information. We don’t need to go to the medical clinics to understand what’s going on inside. Currently the world has been dotted with companies that are jumping on board with the ever-moving advances of wearables. AiQ Clothing, Hexoskin and OMsignal are all companies that centre around developing wearables that measure your biometrics. You’re probably thinking where does the wearables come into play with the social? With these companies, we can now share our vitals, something that wasn’t a topic in normal day conversation not so long ago. This can be both a negative and positive thing, with systems constantly giving you up to date analysis of your biometrics you can become more conscientious about the little details that could more or less, be beneficial your overall health. But at the same time this creates opportunities for people to judge others for having “below par” stats of their biometrics. It has become a part of daily life to ask your friend “hey, how many steps have you taken today?” Evaluating this situation, the benefits of knowing your vitals on the go, it outweighs the possibility that you could judge by peers around you. It would be quite childish for someone to belittle you on such a concept as vitals.
Due to simple access to needed information, Jobs are evolving to still be relevant in society, instead of writers we now have bloggers, we’ve went from television to YouTube, “There simply wasn’t the need for these jobs.” These jobs like Uber Driver and Airbnb host could not exist without the advancements in technology that we’re experiencing today. With wearables, these jobs are efficiently able to what the former taxi driver could not. To get from A to B has been simplified, you don’t need to carry cash or worry about having the correct amount or standing on the side walk waiting for a vacant taxi what sometimes can be hours! These issues have been solved. You can now order a vacant taxi with one tap and they already know where you are and where you are going, it’s basically hassle free. While rapid advancements in technology have had a positive impact on all aspects it has one negative impact, which is, that it can create jobs while destroying them at the same time. While we see uber drivers today we might not see them tomorrow, we advance at a pace that some things can’t keep up with. There will be a day where you will no longer need to make human interaction. Uber will one day be replaced by self-driving taxis and when we reach the pinnacle of technological advancements there will be an innovation that will replace the self-driving taxis, but that’s talk for a not so far distance future. And it’s a dilemma that innovators must face, thankfully though, self-driving vehicles still need the help of us humans to function properly. “driverless cars will create 320,00 UK jobs and add a huge £51 bn a year to the country’s economy” Ever improving technology just has too many obvious positives to be a negative innovation, like simplifying every day process, like wearables making ordering food or a means of travel.
The stimuli given offered little information discerning the environmental impacts of wearables. But with basic understanding, wearable technology are innovations with the purpose to be all-in-one. Meaning that they can do multiple tasks that usually require different devices. So, what’s the positives of this? Well for one it means that less resources are used to create devices that are meant for tasks that a piece of wearable technology does and more. For example, we no longer need a heart monitor, which is huge and clunky and probably takes up a lot of resources to make, we now just use smart watches to check our BPMs. That’s a positive in the environmental resources issue if we are discussing how wearables would affect the everyday environment like cities and towns, we would see the vanishing of public items that we required before smart technology. A prime example of this would be the clock, we no longer scale the walls looking for the big white circle on the wall then read the time. Now we can just turn the wrist on turn on the phone and the information is there and it’s easy to process. And soon enough many of these items that we see in our environment will see it’s end. But a part from the clock there is still items that surround us that we still need to grasp information that we need, simply because it still does a more efficient job at it than wearables do in current time and only through future technological break throughs might we see the wearables taking over the jobs of our everyday items.
Solution and Conclusion
To conclude, the positive impacts of wearables by far outweigh the negatives. But in saying this, there is still needed polishing to the current state of wearable technology. To ensure efficiency while positively affecting all three, social, ethical, and environmental aspects in wearables I assume that the best solution would to implement very basic laws of wearables. If laws where placed down to ensure that the movement forward for wearables were to stay in the boundaries of the social, ethical, and environmental values then we would achieve positive outcomes with inevitable movement of wearable technology. In saying this, the laws should not debilitate the potential in the wearable technology instead let it flourish within what was said before, the boundaries of the said values.