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How Technology has Changed our Lives?

Technology has changed our lives in innumerable ways, both for the better and for the worse.

On the one hand, technology has allowed us to communicate with people all over the world instantaneously, learn new things more quickly, and be more productive than ever before. It’s given us access to information and knowledge that we never would have had before, and it’s made life more convenient in general.

On the other hand, technology has also given us a host of new problems to deal with, including addiction to electronic devices, cyberbullying, privacy challenges, and online security.

But one of the ways that technology has really changed our lives is by changing the way we live in our homes.

Smart Homes

Technology has made our homes more comfortable, more secure, and more energy-efficient. Gone are the days when you had to worry about leaving the lights on when you left the house or worry about whether or not your home was properly insulated against the cold. Nowadays, you can control all of these things from your phone or your laptop, no matter where you are.

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A “smart home” generally refers to a home that is outfitted with technology that allows for greater control and automation of the home’s systems. This can include things like automatic lights, locks, and temperature control; as well as more advanced features like Home Security Systems, Automated Blinds/Drapes, and even whole-home Audio/Video Streaming.

The most common way to achieve this level of control is through the use of a smart home hub. This is a central device (usually a small box or router) that connects to all of the various smart devices in your home and allows you to control them all from one central location. Smart home hubs can usually be controlled either through a dedicated app on your smartphone or through a centralized system at home.

Smart Transportation

Prior to the advent of modern transportation, people were largely limited to their local areas. Even if they wanted to explore elsewhere, it was difficult or impossible without significant effort and financial resources.

With the creation of trains, cars, buses, and planes, travel became much easier and more accessible. This allowed for people to experience new cultures and explore different parts of the world. Additionally, modern transportation has made it possible for businesses to move goods around more quickly and easily, thus increasing trade and economic prosperity.

Technology has changed our transportation in so many ways, and one of the most obvious ways is cars. Before cars, we had to walk or ride horses everywhere we went, which limited how far we could travel and made getting around very slow and difficult. With cars, we can go anywhere we want, anytime we want. We can get to places much faster and easily transport things that would be impossible to carry on foot or horseback. Plus, cars have become increasingly more comfortable and luxurious over the years, making them a great way to relax and enjoy the scenery on a long journey.

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The future of cars is always evolving, but one thing is for sure — they’ll be much different than they are today. For one, they will be more autonomous and able to drive themselves. They will also likely be powered by electricity or other energy sources rather than gasoline, which will make them more environmentally friendly. Additionally, they may have features like sensors that can detect and avoid obstacles, as well as cameras and other sensors that allow the driver to see around the car in all directions.

Here are some exciting possibilities for the future of cars:

1. Flying cars — While this may seem like something out of a science fiction movie, flying cars are becoming closer to reality every day. Numerous companies are working on developing flying car technologies, and it’s only a matter of time before they become a reality. Imagine being able to avoid traffic congestion by simply taking your car into the air!
2. Self-driving cars — Already in development by numerous companies, self-driving cars are another exciting possibility for the future of transportation. These autonomous vehicles have the potential to drastically reduce

But cars are just one example of how technological advancement in transportation has changed our lives. There are countless other examples.

Planes will likely look more like spacecraft in the future, with more advanced materials and propulsion systems. They may also be able to fly using less fuel and generate less noise, making them more environmentally friendly. No one can say for sure how planes will look in the future, but we can make some educated guesses. We know that air travel is only going to become more popular in the coming years, so developers will be looking for ways to make planes more comfortable, efficient, and sustainable.

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Here are some of the ways planes might change in the future:

  1. Increased use of alternative fuels: As concern about climate change grows, there will be increasing pressure on the airline industry to cut emissions. One way to do this is by transitioning to alternative fuels like electric power or hydrogen.
  2. Lighter materials: Another way to reduce emissions is by using lighter materials in plane construction.

Furthermore, with the increasing popularity of high-speed trains and the development of supersonic planes, it’s likely that planes will continue to get faster and faster.

Some experts believe that we could see planes traveling at speeds of up to Mach 4 in the near future, which would make travel times significantly shorter than they are today.

The Aerion AS3 is a Mach 4+ commercial airliner, revealed Monday, that its manufacturers say will be able to carry 50 passengers at a range of 7,000 nautical miles. “Our vision is to build a future where humanity can travel between any two points on our planet within three hours. Source: CNN News Article

Of course, there are still some challenges that need to be overcome before this becomes a reality (such as reducing noise pollution and developing engines that can withstand extreme temperatures), but it’s definitely an exciting possibility!

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Smart Healthcare

Healthcare is one of the few sectors of the economy that has not experienced much productivity growth in recent decades. In part, this is because health care is a labor-intensive industry — labor accounts for more than 80 percent of total healthcare expenditures.

The proliferation of new medical technologies over the past several decades has improved diagnostic capabilities and treatments but has not translated into commensurate gains in productivity. For example, MRI and CT scans, as well as ever-more-powerful drugs and surgical techniques, have allowed doctors to achieve better patient outcomes. But these advances have also led to increased demand for medical services, driving up costs without boosting overall efficiency.

The most significant change has been the introduction of the internet of things (IoT), which refers to the network of physical devices, appliances, and other items that are embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and connectivity functionality. IoT has made it possible for patients to receive care from anywhere in the world. For example, telemedicine technologies allow patients to consult with doctors via video conferencing. This means that patients no longer have to travel long distances or take time off work in order to receive treatment.

But, perhaps one of the most significant advancement and technological capability is the advent of remote surgery. This is where surgeons can operate on patients from a different location using robotic surgical equipment.

There are a number of benefits to this. Firstly, it means that patients can have surgery performed by the best surgeon for their particular case, regardless of where they live. Secondly, it can take away some of the pressures on hospital resources by freeing up operating rooms and allowing more surgeries to be carried out simultaneously. Finally, it provides an additional layer of safety as there is no need for surgeons to be in the same room as their patients during surgery.

Technology has the potential to change healthcare even further in a number of ways, including:

  1. Making it easier and faster for patients to get access to care.
  2. Making it easier and faster for doctors to get access to patient data.
  3. Allowing doctors to diagnose and treat patients remotely.
  4. Allowing patients to monitor their own health data.
  5. Helping doctors develop new treatments and therapies more quickly.

Smart Education

Technology has also changed education in many ways. Perhaps the most significant change is the way in which information is disseminated. In the past, information was mainly transmitted through lectures and textbooks. Now, there is a wealth of information available online, and students can access this from anywhere in the world. This has made learning more flexible and adaptable.

For one, it has made lessons more interactive and interesting. Instead of listening to a teacher talk at the front of the classroom, students can now watch videos, participate in group projects, and take quizzes on their laptops or tablets.

In addition, technology has had a profound impact on education by enabling new methods of learning, such as gamification. Gamification is the process of applying gaming mechanics to non-gaming contexts in order to engage and motivate people. One study found that when students are motivated by game elements, they learn more and retain information longer. Gamified learning environments are also known for their ability to promote social connectedness and collaboration. Thus, technology has played a major role in making education more engaging and effective.

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Another important change that technology has brought about is the way in which teachers and students interact. In the past, teachers were the primary source of knowledge, and students simply absorbed what they were taught. Now, teachers now have access to an abundance of resources online that they can use in their lessons. This has allowed them to become more creative with their teaching methods and cater to the needs of each individual student. Finally, technology has made it easier for students to learn from anywhere in the world and at any time of day. They can now access lectures, notes, and other course materials online whenever they need them.

Smart Food

Food production and distribution has changed dramatically with the advent of technology. For example, refrigeration allowed for the transportation and storage of food over long distances, while machines that separate cream from milk made it possible to produce dairy products on a large scale. In addition, technological advances have led to the development of new types of food products, such as breakfast cereals and vacuum-packed lunches.

Probably the most obvious way that technology affected our food is the advent of processed foods. Years ago, just about everything was made from scratch. There was no such thing as a frozen dinner or a pre-packaged snack.

Nowadays, with the help of technology, food can be processed and packaged very quickly and easily. This has made it possible for food companies to sell food that is cheaper and more convenient than ever before. It has also made it possible for them to sell unhealthy junk food that is loaded with sugar and fat.

Another way that technology has changed the food industry is through the use of GMOs. GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organism. This can be a plant, an animal, or even a bacterium. The organism has been genetically engineered in a laboratory to contain genes from other organisms. This could be anything from another plant, to a virus, to even another animal.

GMOs are controversial because of the potential health risks they pose. There is some concern that eating GMOs could cause health problems down the line, such as cancer or allergies. However, there is not yet any scientific evidence to support this claim.

Food technology is changing the way we experience food. With food technology, we can now create foods that are more delicious and nutritious than ever before. And with IoT devices like smart watches or smart scales, we can now track our food intake and nutrition so that we can make sure we’re getting the most out of our meals.

So keep an eye out for these technologies in the years to come! They’re going to change the way we eat for the better.

What are the risks posed by technology?

There is a downside to all this convenience and connectedness. With the advent of social media and 24/7 news cycles, we’re now bombarded with a never-ending stream of information and notifications that can be overwhelming and even stressful. And as we rely more and more on technology, we can become less capable of doing things for ourselves.

Isolation and Loneliness

One of the risks of technology adoption is that it can lead to a decrease in human contact. For example, if people rely on text messages or social media instead of talking to each other face-to-face, they may miss out on important nonverbal cues that contribute to communication.

This lack of human interaction can lead to isolation and loneliness. When we rely on technology for communication and social interaction, we can easily become isolated from the people around us. This can lead to feelings of loneliness and depression, as well as a decrease in overall mental and emotional well-being. Additionally, this isolation can also make it difficult to build meaningful relationships with others.

Addiction

Another risk is that technology can be addictive and distracting. With the constant availability of stimulants like caffeine and sugar, as well as activities that provide a quick dopamine hit like scrolling through social media or playing video games, it’s easy to get caught up in cycles…If people are constantly checking their phones or email, they may not be paying attention to what’s going on around them. This can lead to mistakes or accidents. Additionally, excessive screen time has been linked with health problems such as obesity, poor sleep quality, and eye strain.

Privacy

There are always risks associated with adopting new technology, particularly when it comes to privacy. With technology becoming more and more sophisticated, it’s easier for companies to track our every move and collect data about us. It’s important to weigh those risks against the potential benefits of the technology before making a decision.

One of the biggest risks with any new technology is that we don’t know how it will be used or misused in the future. We may be comfortable sharing our personal data with a new app or website today, but what if that same app sells our data to marketers tomorrow?There are lots of ways our personal data can be misused once it’s out there, so it’s important to consider how comfortable we are with that before adopting any new technology.

As more and more businesses and organizations switch to using technology to store and process information, the risk of sensitive data being accessed or stolen by cybercriminals increases.

Data breaches can have a number of serious consequences for both individuals and businesses, including identity theft, loss of revenue, decreased customer trust, and more.

And, Lastly Security

When it comes to adopting new technologies, there are always risks involved. One of the biggest risks is exposure to cyber attacks. With so many devices and systems interconnected, it’s becoming easier and easier for malicious hackers to gain access to sensitive information, disrupt operations amongst others. And as we rely more and more on technology, the stakes are getting higher. That’s why it’s so important to be aware of the risks and take steps to protect yourself.

On the one hand, technology is constantly evolving and becoming more sophisticated, which generally speaking makes it more secure. On the other hand, there are always new security threats emerging, particularly as criminals become more sophisticated in their use of technology. So it’s impossible to say that any given piece of technology is secure by default.

That said, there are certain measures that can be taken to make sure that your technology is as secure as possible. For example, if you’re concerned about cybercrime, you can take steps to protect your devices and data. And it’s always a good idea to stay up-to-date.

Governments worldwide saw a 1,885% increase in ransomware attacks, and the health care industry faced a 755% increase in those attacks in 2021, according to the 2022 Cyber Threat Report released Thursday by SonicWall, an internet cybersecurity company. Source: Fortune.com

This number is only expected to grow in the coming years as more and more businesses move online and become increasingly reliant on technology. Some of the most common types of cyber attacks include malware, phishing, and denial-of-service (DoS) attacks. While there are many ways to protect against these threats, no organization can be 100% safe from them. Cyber attacks can have devastating consequences, ranging from financial loss to data leakages to reputational damage. As such, it’s important for all companies to be aware of the risks and take steps to mitigate them.

For example, cyber attacks on IoT devices are becoming more and more common. In fact, a recent report found that there have been more than 1.5 billion IoT breaches, from January to June 2021.

One reason for this is that many IoT devices are not well protected against cyber attacks. In addition, many people do not change the default passwords on their devices, which makes them easy targets for malicious hackers.

Another reason for the increase in cyber attacks on IoT devices is that they provide attackers with a way to access other networks and systems. For example, if an attacker can gain control of an IoT device, they can then use it to launch a cyber attack on the network or system.

Technology is never completely risk-free, but we can certainly mitigate certain risks.

At the end of the day, it’s up to us how we use technology and whether we allow it to control us or not. Of course, technology is not a panacea and it needs to be used wisely in order to maximise its benefits and minimise its risks.

Overall, I think it’s fair to say that technology has had a largely positive impact on our lives. But we need to be careful how to take advantage and use it.

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Dr Magda CHELLY, CISSP, PhD

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Cyberfeminist | Entrepreneur | Former CISO | PhD, CISSP, S-CISO | CoFounder @R3sp_Cyb3r | @womenoncyber | Documentary The Dark Web on @myCanal