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Technology Of The Future

Although it is not novel to think that Technology of the future advancements have brought about definitive changes in the life of the global village, without doubt, its impact has positive and extraordinary aspects, and a counter-face that is extremely dangerous. 

On the other hand, its complexity is such that it could cause catastrophic results, as predicted for decades, hundreds of apocalyptic films, from the War of the Worlds of 1953, and the Matrix saga of 1999-2003 – where humanity was enslaved in a virtual reality – to the extraordinary Mad Max (Fury Road), of 2015, in which an oppressed group fled from the tyrant who governed them.

Each of these films has reflected some kind of terminal crisis, which could well be transferred to all humanity today or perhaps, tomorrow.

The truth is that technological progress is such a complex issue with so many implications that it is impossible not to devote time and attention to it. 

Like the Hydra de Lerma of Greek mythology, the one that Hercules faced and had the ability of duplicating its head for each one that was amputated, each new answer or solution brought by the incredible technological evolution also implies two, three or dozens of new questions and new adjustments – since the changes occur at an appalling speed – that affect both the daily life and the forecasts of the medium and long term; that involve infinite costs, social, economic and also individual (psychological, ethical and moral).

The point is that many of those who speculate with this problem in constant movement believe that the serious challenges that the Technology of the future generates will not be solved so easily, despite the efforts of intellectuals and scientists. 

Hunger, lack of clean water, lack of fuel, diseases and many environmental problems will have favorable solutions sooner rather than later, and will surely change the priorities and urgent needs that must be resolved in the next 50 years.

New Dark Age: Technology and the End of the Future

But let’s think: how did this Technology of the future happen?

What are we talking about? What were those infinite changes? Perhaps they are not clearly perceived by us who live immersed in their daily life; The truth is that there was a click towards the end of the 20th century, remember the character played by the great Keanu Reeves in The Matrix?. The web that confronts all humans  that can become uncontrollable. 

The World Wide Web, created by Tim Berners-Lee in 1989, is the system through which we access texts, images, videos and other multimedia content, using the link provided by the Internet. 

Having that clear point and as a reference of the infinite and wonderful advances that the web has given us, and also of the many changes and problems that that same web allows us to glimpse in the future, we should be aware that all this problematic is as young as a teenager, and that his behavior, reaction and evolution, becomes as fickle and uncertain as a young man loaded with hormones.

If the reader agrees with these observations, he will also accept that today the world moves around guides and solutions that did not exist twenty or thirty years ago.

Facebook was created in 2004, Linkedin in 2003, Twitter in 2007.

And Wikipedia itself, in 2001.

All children or descendants of Yahoo (1994), Google (1998) or Baidu, the Chinese simile of Google, born in 1999.

This A very brief summary of the period that brings together thousands of people around these essential weapons to face today, modernity and the future. In addition, all these tools have free or very low cost, in relation to the infinite amount of benefits they provide.

Now, experience tells us that nothing is free in this life and that, in exchange for all that social, labor, educational and informative interrelation, we give information of our own lives in a much more detailed way than we think and of which is available to anyone. Because we talk about our ideology, our tastes, our aspirations, our concerns and our fears, which are captured through our computers, tablets, smartphones, banking operations, credit cards and hundreds of other actions that, interconnected , they trap us like the Big Brother in our own lives.

The question is where to draw the line, how to deal with corporations that have more power than our own states and with what legislation, regulation or agreement, can we avoid computer disasters that harm our own lives and that of millions of people, as has already been proven . 

The most notorious case of the irresponsible use of information that cybernauts provide on the web is the Cambridge Analytica scandal, in which Facebook was involved and for which Mark Zuckerberg had to respond to the US Congress. 

Its negligence generated very serious individual leaks: the social network was used as a platform for the dissemination of false news and misrepresentations that guided its users and managed to influence the US electoral campaign itself.

The central problem is not the described situation nor the consequences that it brings today; In fact, the answers to the problem were unsatisfactory and could even be repeated in a more intelligent format.

The biggest problem of Technology of the future, is the changing evolution of this interconnected knowledge in theworld that prevents us from imagining its evolution and the challenges to come, which can not only be presented in the coming years, but perhaps in months. 

Within the very cautious precautions that can or might be adopted to avoid the improper and unauthorized use of our data, there is talk, increasingly, of ethics committees, of self-regulation and of setting controlled scopes on sensitive issues such as the management of public and qualified information, artificial intelligence, genetics and other experiments.

However, it seems that these solutions border on the utopian and the limits of good intentions. 

The states, with their legislations and supervisions, always run behind, far behind, of all new development or research, in principle, trying to be able to understand them. 

While this happens, businessmen, laboratories, scientists and politicians try to obtain advantages and benefits before the regulators can fulfil their function, that is, regulate, regulate and regulate.

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Chris Wick

Chris Wick is Chief Editor with over 17 years experience on the Information Highway, Chris loves to contribute to this website as well as numerous others with ALL types of interesting subjects from Politics, Sports, Cooking to Conspiracy Theory, as you can see, he can't sit still in one place... Oh, and he loves coffee!

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