Ethically, wearable technology's benefits grow the economy by creating new jobs. It can also streamline the way we share and connect with each other, having a positive effect of revealing the world's issues so they can be fixed faster. However, there are a lot of issues with the growing technology, most smart watches have microphones, some even cameras, built into them already. Phones are already posing a security and identity risk yet smartwatches have the same technology built in. Wearables will only continue to get smaller with more features added, not only is this a security risk but being almost unnoticeable the idea of someone spying with their watches is lucrative.
- Creates new jobs, boosting the economy
- Connects the world
- High security risk
- Easy to spy or stalk
How much of an impact will this have? The increased speed at which we can view and send information all adds up and not only from a business perspective. Friends and family will be able to talk and share memories without the worry of fiddling with a phone and 5 different apps. A positive that everyone can benefit from. This gives us time for other activities such as exercising or face to face interaction. However that is also the flaw in our society. Like what happens when a new product comes out and even still with smartphones, our society is degrading as a result of people being too caught up and focused in their phones and social media.
- Better integrated societies
- Receive information faster
- More time for other activities
- May lose the face-to-face interaction
In the end, all modern technology is a burden on our environment and even with advancements in efficiency, power usage reduction and the selection of new, safer materials being used the irreversible damage has already been done. What wearables and most computers/cloud services do by dissipating the need for paper notes is saving the world's forestry. The introduction and improvements of kinetic technology does eradicate the need to charge electronics from the grid however, that is only for the devices with that feature, most devices still require a normal charge or a battery. It is however, the need for the heavy metals and metals in general from mining that is the biggest issue with wearables and the environment.
- Less trees cut down
- Kinetics charges devices, encouraging people to move
- Some devices don't have kinetic technology
- Mining is needed for the heavy metals
SOLUTION & CONCLUSION
While it may seem like smartwatches and wearable technology has plenty to offer, there are too many flaws in how we intend to use it. No matter how companies market and make their product, it ultimately up to us on how we use it... incorrectly. While there are good benefits to come out of using wearables in our day to day lives, it doesn't outweigh the problems that come with them. What needs to be done so we are able to use them safely without impacting anyone is companies should take responsibility in what features they have built into their product, but to enforces guild lines and maybe laws so we don't ruin our future.
So is wearable viable? Not likely, it won't disappear but it isn't a solution to the computer or the phone.
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