Probably the most predominant issue caused from technology, especially wearable, anti-social behaviour. From constant interaction on phones and devices, to the lack in face-to-face conversations, technology does encourage this type of behaviour. Consider the following quote from stimulus 2:
“People who wear them [google glasses] have been dubbed, “Glassholes.””
In this case, because the wearable technology Google glasses are placed in front of the consumer’s face, it has been reviewed as very annoying and obnoxious. This is a clear example that society believes technology is developing non-social skills, including no eye contact and being rude. This especially applies to younger age groups that have grown up with it and haven't experienced anything else.
This aspect of wearable technology leads onto the next issue that is being caused by it, distractions. Distractions are a major issue because the tech provides this throughout all devices, from phones and smart watches during conversations, to desktop computers at study and work.
When a notification or text message appears on a wearable device, it’s job is to alert the consumer, this causes society to never be fully engaged in conversations. While waiting for a text message from someone else we will never be able to give full attention. Technology is a big culprit in this area, and at the very least provides us with that opportunity of distraction.
One complaint that applies to most technology these days, is the user’s privacy. This case is emphasised when wearable technology nowadays has cameras on everything, for example on the front and back of phones are cameras, can they ever be used when we are unaware. Also, if google glasses consists of cameras and are something worn everyday, will they be sending data back to google of our everyday moves? Privacy is another issue wearable technology struggles with.
Another manner that needs to be considered is that we are becoming more dependent on technology, using it for answers (google), grabbing things for us, remind us of stuff and doing jobs for us. The only fault in this aspect is that it will cause society to become lazier, whether this is ok or not needs to be discussed. If society learns that it is ok to be lazy, will that effect our work ethic? relationships? how we approach life? Society should not allow itself to eventually be ok with not doing anything and this matter must be addressed.
The final issue that can be argued, is after reading stimulus 1, that technology has reduced job employment for humans. Some truth lies in this argument, for example, there is no doubt that robots are much more capable, faster and efficient than humans, also they will never make mistakes. Therefore, this would clearly lead to technology replacing humans in areas, e.g. cleaning services with autonomous vacuum cleaning ones.
However, in reply to the last issue declared these very few negative effects from technology are quickly discarded because we soon realise that the benefits of technology greatly outweigh its costs. This is because many, many more job opportunities arise from technology, for example, if an autonomous cleaning robot replaces one persons job, a vacuum cleaner, we know that it would open up 100s of other possibilities. In this case, the robot would require mechanical engineers, electrical engineers, product designers, architectures, manufacturing, marketing teams, maintenance teams and legal supervisors, the list continues.
Not only that, technology also provides society and humans more capability at jobs that were once done by humans. For example, dangerous jobs can be done safely, no mistakes will be made and tasks can be completed more efficiently.
We see how breakthrough in technology positively effects society, because it not only opens up more job opportunities, but it also provides humans with improved capability at completing tasks.
Similarly we see shown throughout the stimulus, so many new jobs have been provided thanks to technology and the media. Technology has completely transformed how companies can provide their services to the public, for example, consider the following quote from stimulus 1, as Uber discusses the evolution of taxis and cabs:
"With 8 million users and over 160,000 drivers world wide – that’s a lot of jobs created as a result of an app!"
Uber is not the only company that has advantaged from technology and the media in their sales and success;
"Airbnb allows hosts to state that their spare room is available for 3 days between X date and X date. Airbnb has nearly a million listings in 33,000 cities..."
Technology has revolutionised industries! From improving communication to the public with better and more efficient ways, to providing them online access to purchase products.
This also demonstrates how the role of marketing and advertising has completely changed, being much easier to publicise with the use of social networking and media.
The media has also produced community for the world to share and use. Technology and social media allow the world to stay connected, share opinions and publicise news and ideas much quicker. Provides communication to people over distances that otherwise would not be possible.
In response to the “laziness” issue raised, has society become more lazy? or efficient? Consider the following quote from stimulus 2;
“I don’t know if I’m a better person because of my mobile phone, but I certainly feel l like I have a better life because of it.”
The stimulus later asks the audience to imagine that you are approaching your home with groceries in all of your hands, but your phone smart-lock unlocks and opens the door for you. Even more so, your phone could realise using sensors that your body temperature is above average which then signals to turns on the smart-air conditioner. Whether your body is stressed, anxious or worried, in this example, wearable technology has helped an individual out in a time of need. This aspect was why wearable technology has been developed, not so that humans can become lazier, but rather so that we can become stronger. In times of need technology can provide a helping hand, in this way it improves our weaknesses and can develop human’s capabilities. This efficiency created from wearable tech benefits society into striving for better lives and a better world, with greater innovations.