We live in an age of instant gratification, but how has technology changed our lives? Social media and streaming music have become commonplace. Yet, these advances have also led to a decrease in physical activity, and even more importantly, time spent with family. Streaming isn’t the only change technology has made, though. The threat of Drones and a dystopian future are also a concern.
Social media isn’t the only way technology has changed our lives
In fact, it’s possible to search almost anything online today. But social media isn’t the only way digital technology has changed our lives. In a study by Facebook, researchers asked people how social media is affecting their offline relationships. Many said that while spending time on the internet was bad, actively interacting on the website was good. What’s the real impact of social media on relationships?
Drones threaten a dystopian future
The CIA first predicted the proliferation of drones in 1986. Today, drones are more sophisticated and autonomized than ever before, and the US government has made no secret of its desire to use them for a wide variety of purposes. During the first years of the drone craze, the CIA’s iconic Predator was just a glint in Langley’s eye. But as the drone industry grows, the potential for misuse and abuse is ever greater.
The use of drones is rapidly increasing, and civilians are increasingly turning to drone technology for the same purposes as the military. The technology is cheap and easy to learn, and the results are generally satisfactory. However, there are serious concerns about the possibility of civilian drone use by terrorist groups. While drones are used to carry out surveillance and intelligence gathering, they can also deliver weapons and deliver them to their targets. And they can be programmed to carry out any number of tasks, including surveillance and battlefield damage assessments.
Even if the technology isn’t fully autonomous, it can have a powerful impact on the future. As more nations adopt drones, they could become capable of conducting targeted killings. While militaries have yet to adopt this technology, there is no reason to think they won’t do so at some point. The reluctance would have more to do with costs than with ethics. The cost of building such sophisticated drones could become prohibitive.
While autonomous drones may not be inherently dangerous, they may become a major threat to our civilization. Some scientists and activists are raising awareness of the risks of these weapons to prevent a future where human lives are threatened. The Future of Life Institute, an organization aimed at mitigating the existential risks of advanced technologies, says that autonomous weapons may ultimately destabilize world order. In fact, some believe that a ban on autonomous weapons would prevent a dystopian future.
The video Slaughterbots portrays a future where killing robots are able to choose human targets without guidance. The video is a warning to humanity about this looming crisis. However, the film also highlights how much the Pentagon wants to use these weapons before we can put an end to them. It is hoped that this will prompt governments to develop legislation to regulate the development of these weapons.
Streaming films and music have increased career opportunities for the youth
The streaming industry is growing by leaps and bounds every year, with more people becoming involved and companies offering more types of services. Streaming has created a split opinion among the public: some regard it as a huge opportunity for self-realization, while others see it as the new “youth disease.” In any case, streaming has become the new super-popular realm of entertainment, attracting a new generation of youth with varying levels of talent and skill.