The Internet of Things: Utopia or Distopia by 2025?
A new report out of the Pew Research Center asks--and answers--what the Internet of things will look like by 2025. Firstly, there will be a lot of things.
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A new report out of the Pew Research Center asks--and answers--what the Internet of things will look like by 2025. Firstly, there will be a lot of things. Cisco Systems predicts there will be more than 50 billion devices connected to the Internet by 2020. Each of those devices will be measuring data and facilitating communication, meaning that the set of information we classify as private will shrink. Frank Pasquale, a law professor at the University of Maryland, says: "There will be a small class of ‘watchers’ and a much larger class of the experimented upon, the watched."
What's the Big Idea?
The Pew report warns that "the level of profiling and targeting will grow and amplify social, economic, and political struggles." The use of facial identification technology, for example, is already causing a firestorm. Another warning issued by the report is that the digital divide, which separates those who can take advantage of new technologies from those who can't, will grow in stark contrast. Having Internet access in developed countries is now essential to executing basic tasks, and affording new technology will only become more essential in the future. Those left behind--the poor and the homeless--will become increasingly invisible to us.
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Big tech is making its opening moves into the health care scene, but its focus on tech-savvy millennials may miss the mark.
- Companies like Apple, Amazon, and Google have been busy investing in health care companies, developing new apps, and hiring health professionals for new business ventures.
- Their current focus appears to be on tech-savvy millennials, but the bulk of health care expenditures goes to the elderly.
- Big tech should look to integrating its most promising health care devise, the smartphone, more thoroughly into health care.
A new study, led by psychologist Jean Twenge, points to the screen as the problem.
- In a new study, adolescents and young adults are experiencing increased rates of depression and suicide attempts.
- The data cover the years 2005–2017, tracking perfectly with the introduction of the iPhone and widespread dissemination of smartphones.
- Interestingly, the highest increase in depressive incidents was among individuals in the top income bracket.
Here's why universal basic income will hurt the 99%, and make the 1% even richer.
- Universal basic income is a band-aid solution that will not solve wealth inequality, says Rushkoff.
- Funneling money to the 99% perpetuates their roles as consumers, pumping money straight back up to the 1% at the top of the pyramid.
- Rushkoff suggests universal basic assets instead, so that the people at the bottom of the pyramid can own some means of production and participate in the profits of mega-rich companies.
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