Many of our blogs from the past two years or so have raised issues and concerns that have later become really hot topics.
The interface between technology and the way we live is always a fast-bubbling cauldron of change, rumour, speculation, appliance of science and presentation. So, here are three past stories with some latest angles.
It has been confirmed that some of our greatest academic minds (Stephen Hawking, Astronomer Royal Lord Martin Rees and Jaan Tallinn, co-founder of Skype) are hard at work producing a list of doomsday scenarios and what we can do about them.
They call ‘events with low probability but catastrophic consequences’, things that could happen which could destroy mankind and/or the earth. They work on the assumption that technological is making us more, not less, vulnerable.
- cyber criminal attack on power and utility, transport, economy and financial networks of such intensity that we can no longer function
- viruses and even co-ordinated devising of computers with minds of their own
- climate change that causes ecological disaster
- food and water shortages, drug-resistant diseases caused by the earth’s swelling population
Earlier blogs about such matters:
Cyber Attack in the UK Set to Be the Biggest Growth Industry, 21 January 2013
Will Web Bots Predict the End of the World in 2012? 10 January 2012
Prioritise The Person in Front of You
Those of you fed up with being phobbed off by somebody you are talking to being distracted by his or her smartphone, can take comfort. The tide may have just turned.
The National Association of Headteachers and the charity Family Action have teamed up to issue advice which has the backing of the Government.
Stop using your devices and get down to reading to your children! Actually talk to them!
This revolutionary advice comes in the face of signs that increasing numbers of children are unable to maintain a conversation face-to-face with another person, particularly an adult.
The advice states that children’s well-being is put at risk by parents who watch TV as a priority and who fail to develop speaking and listening skills in youngsters. It is apparent across the education system, but is becoming more marked in school starters, that they are incapable of conversing properly, lacking skills essential to normal communication in life.
Pressure of work, daily life, the immediacy of texts, emails, social networks should all fall behind talking with children on the -to-do-list.
Earlier blogs about similar matters:
The Role of the iParent in the Age of the iChild, 25 February 2013
There Is No Off-Switch in Today’s 24/7 Connected World, 6 August 2013
Is the Fantasy of the Smartphone Getting Silly Now? 12 June 2013
Not Picking Up the Warnings on Phone Use Can Prove Costly, 11 March 2013
Tweet-tweet Go the Strings of My Heart
PIXmania is an ecommerce site who have produced a study about how long modern couples take to ‘fall in love.’ Half the time it took their parents, apparently.
They found that Twitter is now the flirt of choice for most young people. The over-55s spent two and a half months doing what used to be called ‘courting’. The under 25s now take less than a month, along with 224 tweets, 163 texts, 70 Facebook messages, 30 phone calls and 37 emails.
Ah, the romance!
Earlier blogs about Twitter and personal affairs:
If Twitter Ruled the World, What Would Its Policies Be? 19 August 2013