Hello and welcome to my second round on the question “Based off of technology's past, present and theorized future advances, how could it change the world around us in the future?”
I have decided that rather than answer any questions that arise in the last round, that I’ll change this round into an answering styled thingy. For now, we will simply do the ones that came up in the reply’s that match the idea of what we are looking into. For one there was Jim’s fantastic idea to look into military technology and how it’s transferred over to the general public which I guess I actually kind of mentioned in my previous round in the case of GPS, but I'm sure there are more so we will look into some more here. Then we will also look into new technologies that not everyone may agree is actually good, which was suggested by Jessica. Everyone else who commented thank you! The last idea was actually from Lauren’s comment about needing clarification on just what things like “RAM” are, you can leave words and suck in your reply’s and the idea is I will come back to this round and it to the list with a clarified idea of just what it would be. To make it easier though I will make a “survey” where you may place in words or technologies that you may fit under the category to be looked into. I’m not entirely sure how well it’ll go but we shall see, for now, though rounds 2 and 3 will become 3 and 4 respectively.
**The date below will be edited each time something new is added.**
So the questions or topics that will be addressed within this round, as of March 6th, are:
- Military technology and how it has transferred over to the general public.
- New technologies that not everyone agrees is actually good.
So to get started, Military technology and how it has transferred over to the public.
As Jim said during times of war the pace at which we develop new technologies speeds up as we try to compete with competitors. So to make a short list of military technologies that came over to the civilian world: the internet (The basis for making the internet later on anyway), GPS, Drones, Weather radar, digital camera’s, computers, and the space program to name a few (1). I think the one I like most though has got to be drones, as I myself have one and it’s just amazing for flying and taking pictures with. Drones are quite handy though for a multitude of things, like 3d mapping which helps greatly in construction, land surveying, real estate, mining, agriculture and more. The reason it helps so much in those areas is because before drones were available, if you wanted to get an aerial photographic map of the area you would have to get a helicopter of another sort of manned aircraft and fly over the area with camera’s which is quite expensive, well in comparison to a drone it’s extremely expensive (2). The bigger part of drone’s in the public space though is arguably the drone industry as a whole, as the drone industry is now worth over 1 billion dollars (recreational). Of course, with it come certain regulations that are around for safety, such as you must fly within 500m of your self and no more than 90m up as well as you cant be within 1.9 kilometers of an aerodromes, they are surprisingly common as they practically mean any sort of helicopter landing, for example, a hospital. This is in the case of Canada, the USA has different regulations (3). Though it is considered a sort of Grey area as there are people who believe that drones should not be able to be flown recreationally as there are privacy concerns and the people that decide to not follow the rules and fly near aerodromes or airports which cause safety concerns. Personally though I think it brings more to the table then, the possible negative outcomes, especially with things like FPV which allow you to see through the drone while flying it, admittedly I'm slightly biased here, but that brings us to the next topic.
Technology that not everyone agrees is good but rather bad in some people’s opinions.
The case that is most often brought up against technology with screens, at least by my parents is their effect upon the eyes. It turns out they are actually correct sadly. Our eyes aren’t actually made for reading the small text that you find on most every screen which causes stress upon our eyes, it doesn't stop there though, it's said that it also affects our head, neck, and shoulders as well. If you do have to spend long hours in front of a computer though it is recommended that for every 20 minutes spent looking at a screen you look for 20 seconds at an object 20 feet away to reduce eye strain (4). Other negative results to technology though include the fact that there have been studies done that indicate adding in technology to the classroom actually reduces student performance in the classroom. Though that’s into a classroom as a whole, when it turns into developing one thing, in particular, it’s been to shown to actually help students develop that particular skill, this is especially true in the case of math (5). As we can see there are two points of view here as to whether or not computers aide learning. Looking at other sites it seems to be mostly positive stating the idea that with technology the teacher is no longer the only teacher in the class, so while the actual teacher is focusing on one student in specific the rest of the students can look up online tutorials and guides to learn from like their own online teacher (6). I think the controversy here isn't a controversy but rather it’s subjective to the student and their own teaching preferences. If the student can work on their own and be independent the usage of technology would only help them to learn more on their own, but if the student was not good at learning on their own or being independent the would rather struggle, and possibly instead end up doing other things online that are not school related, like for example in (5) the author talks about instead of taking notes and such during a lecture they would actually make plans with other students to hang out during the evenings, a case where it would actually be negative. The main focus here is that the good and bad of technology is subjective and dependent on your point of view, and how you think certain people will use the technology.
- Abbreviation for ‘Random Access Memory’ (7)
- It’s a temporary form of memory where data for things that the computer needs at the moment or may need in the near future is stored so it can be very easily and very quickly read and run (7). Think you run a program and clicking a button in the program makes the computer read 4 different files that have instructions for what to do when the button is pressed, by having the 4 files in the RAM the computer can read them and process the command much quicker then if it had to read the hard drive. While I use bytes in my example it would probably be more accurate to describe it using space, when you click on a file you can usually see the amount of space that it takes up, and with larger files like 4k video they can easily get to be 3gbs or larger, now say you wanted your computer to load that video, well it would have to load the entire file (the video), for a hard drive it could read the file from it’s memory to the computer at a speed of 300mb/s which is actually really fast, and an SSD could read it to you at 540mb/s both of those are insanely fast reading the file in about 6-10 seconds, but both of those are in the higher ranges, DDR4 (the latest type of RAM, that came out after DDR3) depending on your version either 2133 or 2400, could read it to you at a rate of about 17-19.2 gb/s that's about 34 times faster or more. *** All the numbers were taken from quick google searches of different purchasable hard drives, SSD’s and RAMS and the speeds recorded by the companies selling them ***
- Simplistically, the point of RAM is to act as a temporary storage to allow the computer to quickly load different things to reduce latency.
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Next round we will return to our regularly scheduled program.