“We live in the fucking future.” Why the development of technology scares people

Technological progress is moving forward, the monstrous races. We like sitting at the window high-speed trains, which almost instantly moves from station to station and not have time to notice what is happening in between.

Technological progress is moving forward, the monstrous races. We like sitting at the window high-speed trains, which almost instantly moves from station to station and not have time to notice what is happening in between. The fact that five years ago would have been technically unachievable, today is an integral part of everyday life.

“We all live in the fucking future,” he was surprised by the technical progress one of the heroines of the series “Black mirror” on the impact of new technologies on human relationships.

Fear of changes — the protective mechanism of the psyche, therefore, every really significant technology has caused and will cause a flurry of suspicion, fear, and phobias.

The most important fears of modern society — the selection Инфо24. Technology: facial Recognition for more than a year ago, the company Apple has built into iPhone recognition system FaceID. Now the person scanning is used to unlock the phone instead of the fingerprint. Security cameras are in shopping centres, public transport, crowded places. In Moscow they are mounted almost above each entrance. We fill our photos in social networks, cloud storage, and send the messengers. Fear: the system is watching us recently on a Facebook flash mob: “lay out your photos now and 10 years ago.” Millions of users have gladly supported the idea. But the return wave immediately stirred up the protest: “don’t do that! The social network simply collects your data. You train the neural network is even better to recognize people.” Every year grows the number of those who refuse to publish their photos online. Parents are less likely to post pictures of children, thinking about how it will affect them in the future. In sale there are masks “against face recognition” that allow you to move down the street anonymously.

People are afraid that their privacy was under threat. Training artificial intelligence using open data to improve the performance of recognition systems. And then, analyzing the information from the video camera and other sources, to monitor the movements of any person, his circle of communication, areas of interest. Anyway, it looks disturbing: it seems that here-here there will come a time when the government or corporations will know your every move and control your life.

There is something to be afraid: China already has a system that evaluates the results of surveillance, the social ranking of the inhabitants. Based on these results, decisions will be made on the loan, work in state institutions or in leadership positions. In Russia we have not yet reached this level, however, in 2018, was launched a large-scale facial recognition software in the Moscow subway. Positives: reduction of crime Cameras at the entrances and in public places allow you to commit offenses or to track the movement of dangerous criminals. Records from the shops and bars help to solve conflicts and to find the guilty (or acquit innocent). Video surveillance of cars makes it possible to reduce traffic violations and to understand the causes of the accident. This is the real stats: about 70% of crimes in Moscow are revealed through the materials (information from the website of the Moscow mayor mos.ru). Technology: big date Everything we have published about themselves in social networking and open resources, falls into an invisible huge databases. Modern technologies allow to process and store information with incredible speed and in huge volumes. Literally, all we ever entered in the search string (if not anonymously), or talked about himself in all the questionnaires can be collected and cataloged. Fear: we “calculate” and will to manipulate us Perhaps all online tests are only used in order to collect more data about us. Information — the most valuable resource of the XXI century. We first use as elements of focus groups, exploring our interests, behavior, relationships with other people, and then we are being manipulated by restricting the flow of information and offering what we buy.

On a primitive level is immediately noticeable: once you have entered in the search query “wedding dress”, then long months of any advertisement on any website will offer you the goods for the newlyweds. However, it is not always technology act “in a forehead”.

Maybe soon every step will be counted for the purpose of receiving profit. And new generations will grow “from scratch” as “consuming animals”. Forcing the person in the certain information frame can be manipulated easily. Remember how the propaganda worked in the Soviet Union: many people don’t even have occurred to you that behind the iron curtain there is a completely different life. In the twenty-first century technologies allow to brainwash much more targetirovanie. Studied millions of people and their behavior in different situations, preferences and choices, it is possible to act precisely. Maybe soon global Corporation are to buy and sell people as slaves, but not on a physical level, and information. Perhaps the government already told us that to their advantage, manipulating the fact that it is expensive to us or what we are afraid of it. Positive aspects: reduction in costs Due to search and analyze large amounts of data, it is possible to produce higher quality products and services that can better meet the needs of consumers. The economy as a whole will work more efficiently, fewer resources and money will be spent on trial and error. For example, knowing your target audience, the company will be able to offer services that more accurately reflect the queries. Analysis in the field of HR will allow you to find better employees and help everyone deal with the matter to which he does have ability. Do not have to let the pilot projects, will be able to immediately create a product. The consumer will not need to spend extra time and money finding and testing the perfect product. Society as a whole will become more productive and less resource intensive. It may have a positive impact on the environment and the degree of satisfaction of people life. Technology: the availability of the Internet for children in Recent years, computers have become an integral part of people’s lives from birth. The child can’t talk yet, but he already give up a tablet with cartoons or children’s games. Children learn to use YouTube before learning to read. Fear: the degradation of the generation Cartoons, unlike books, do not so develop the imagination. In addition, the content on YouTube is playing itself, “palming” the children, interspersed with cartoons advertising or poor and uneducational materials bloggers. Cartoons 3+ can easily be alternated with a more adult content. But here arises a new fear: easy availability for the child, grown-up materials related to violence or sex.

Of course, YouTube is a bit filters the sequence and monitor the content of commercials, but in 6 or 7 years the child is quite able to enter search queries and this is a question of “parental control” Internet blocking and surveillance. Social networks facilitate the ability to meet the child with the criminals or mentally ill people: “groups of death”, cultists and pedophiles. The choice of how closely to follow the child falls on the shoulders of the parent. In this case experience how to do it and how strict must be control, not because the previous generation of the Internet did not exist. There is a difficult ethical dilemma: how not to sink in hyperopic, but to protect the child from violence.

Educational games that the kids play on the tablet, of course, have a positive side, but they do not affect fine motor skills, which is directly connected with the development of speech. Besides, any game has limited rules that are put into the creators. For example, the laws of physics is only a part actually existing in reality, and even the most perfect Tetris is never a substitute for the development of real wooden blocks. The child becomes accustomed to dealing with “half chewed” a reality. The positive side is the Kids who are learning to use the Internet from birth, get access to an incredible database of knowledge. Now do not have to join a club and ride on the other side of town, to master the art of photography. You can find a video on how to assemble improvised electric guitar. To see the paintings exhibited in the gallery at the other end of the world. Read old books, digitized and filled in the online archive.

You can find communities of interest and evolve in any direction is the narrowest, to obtain all necessary information, instructions, lessons, to go to University and find a job in another country.

For today’s children the Internet is an integral part of life. Perhaps paper books and really should be perceived as a fetish, not a source of information. In the end, even 30-40 years ago no one would have thought that the architectural plans will draw solely on the computer: then valued the ability to draw lines without errors, to work with paper and to write by hand. Technology: apps for Dating it All started with chats. Then there was the social network. Messengers. Forums of interest. Special sites. And now apps like Tinder. To get acquainted with the opposite sex is no longer a problem. The main thing to make beautiful photos and to follow the advice: not too much to lie, to observe gender roles slightly understate your age. Fear: the depreciation of relationship Swipe left, swipe right. We choose the partner as a new shirt in the store. Every new photo just a couple seconds. Imagine it happened before? You are a guest. First listen — the voice who tells a black joke in the next room. Then you see its owner. Ask my friend — “that guy”, learn his story at the next meeting gently ask to pour you sparkling. All week thinking about him (because well, who else?), again a chance meeting… a Dating App reduces this month to a couple minutes. And here you sit in a cafe. You can try to understand this man, to understand why he’s so detached — he had a bad day or you really don’t like him. And you can go to the toilet, and for a couple of minutes “aswapati” another date. Why waste your time.

Sensuality is reduced. We stop to appreciate the relationship. Endless selection turns into endless loneliness. We don’t want to understand anything, we want easy pleasures. Why try to reconcile after a fight? You can just go and find a fresh relationship. A new partner is always in your pocket. You only need to get the phone and choose. No matter where you are: at home, traveling or on the shores of the Mediterranean sea. Positives: really easy to get acquainted With applications for Dating and really easier to find a mate. Instead of months of depression after infidelity partner, it is possible to go and unwind right in the evening. Without hypocrisy, and suffering. You can find really interesting contacts in different parts of the world. Flirting can end not only one-time sex or a serious relationship, but our friendship. Shy people find it easier to meet the opposite sex. Technology: genetic engineering Despite the fact that globally the modification of human genes is prohibited in many countries conducting research and experiments in this field in China, children with altered genome has already been born. Fear: there will be genetically modified humans Once the barrier could collapse, the laws will no longer be able to hold researchers, and experimentation with human genes will become part of our lives. Man will become like God (or, if you prefer, nature), and begin to choose the characteristics of your body. The result can be unpredictable. In the pursuit of beauty and immortality we may be on the brink or even destroy your look.

Worst of all, if such services will be provided on the black market or in third world countries. And this development is most predictable, because today Europe and the United States opposes experiments on the human genome. Substandard or unsafe operations will result in the birth of a crippled or sick children, discarded may befall even more terrible fate. The positive side: the fight against genetic diseases Genetic studies before IVF (ekstrakorporalnam fertilization) — for those couples who can not have children for reasons of hereditary diseases. The embryos are scrutinized and subject to implantation in the uterus. Those that are not viable are excluded. In some countries there is pre-implantation diagnosis of sex, if a hereditary disease is transmitted only through the female or male line.

Perhaps in the future adjustment of such genes will help to heal people from hereditary diseases, or, at least, better understand their nature. Technology: social network profiles Thanks to social networks, we can easily leave the link and find information about friends. We can participate in the lives of friends and find out their news, even if we are separated by thousands of kilometers. We can mention other people in the photo, can tell them interesting stories or to promote their endeavors. Using social networks to find those with whom he met at a party, but forgot to exchange contacts. Or friends whom you have not communicated. But social networks have a downside. Fear: blackmail and harassment Active profile in social networks opens up dangerous opportunities for offenders or criminals. In social networks you can easily spread dirt and thereby destroy a family or a career (or not share, and blackmail).

It is possible to make the persecution, and to do so fairly anonymously. Intimate photos, the video of embarrassing or humiliating story, in the wrong hands, capable of breaking life. The Internet is highly developed primitive herd instinct. No one will understand, reliable information, but will do reposts if the content seems funny or interesting. Positives: the social rating and the availability of Promoted social profile helps in career and business. When you are easy to find, it is easier to establish business and personal relationships. Early public identity was only known people to get this status wasn’t easy. Now everyone can become popular without leaving home.

Adequate social profile will help to get a job, orders, credits, discounts, and special terms of cooperation. Technology: Virtual reality Over the last decade virtual reality has made huge strides in its development. Came helmets Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, a virtual reality support smartphones. In this direction began to develop rapidly gaming and entertainment industry, there are special programs for artists and developers. And although this technology is still in the beginning of his career, virtual helmets became available and common in a variety of areas of our lives. Fear: escape from reality the First time being in the virtual reality equipment of new generation, experiencing uncontrollable euphoria. Visual and sound environment so cleverly deceive the consciousness that people almost feel a new world. The impossible becomes possible: the feeling of flying, fantasy worlds, instant scaling. Virtual reality is fascinating how 3D movies or computer games, but captures the attention even more. It is likely that in the foreseeable future, technology will become so advanced that VR will be able to fully replace real life. Who wants to go back and work on his body in the gym if the appearance can be changed with one movement of the fingers? Why live in a Studio apartment on the outskirts of the city, when in virtual space you can belong to the Palace or the whole planet?

Perhaps people will prefer to stay in VR constantly. The addiction will result in health problems and device real life. First, the fictional world seems limitless, but in fact it is even more primitive, as invented by humans and has certain rules. Dependence on virtual reality will make people dependent and from corporations that produce hardware, and content. The positive side: virtual reality is not only fun Its potential use for rapid design of 3D models and prototypes. In a virtual reality simulation created for all possible areas ranging from military and medical. For example, VR is now actively used for the treatment of phobias and post-traumatic stress disorder. Augmented and virtual reality used for training films and visual education in schools and universities. Technology: Unmanned vehicles around the world are testing various systems of unmanned vehicles. Offered very different solutions — and cars and trains, and even flying machines. Fear: dependence on technology is Planned that unmanned vehicles will be controlled from the cloud centers. The car will use artificial intelligence to self-study. Probably it will increase the efficiency and speed of traffic. But any system failure will cause a much larger crash than ordinary human carelessness.

Plus, now on your individual vehicle we have a wide freedom of action. But drones can easily manage the government or the military, adjusting outflows to their advantage, for example, to limit the arrival of people to the rallies. In addition, these vehicles will convey information about the movements. This information can be used for any purpose, including commercial. Positive aspects: a comfortable and frugal life actually, a well-functioning unmanned system will save a lot of lives. In 2018 in Russia on the road killed more than 16,000 people. The reasons were non-compliance with rules, driving under the influence, poor visibility, inattention or fatigue. All this can be avoided with drones.

Any trip will become easier and safer. Instead of trying to text behind the wheel, we can sit in the passenger seat and work quietly. The time traffic will use for leisure or business. And the traffic will be less, if to regulate traffic centrally. Technology: bionic implants In the last decade has been an absolute breakthrough in the field of bionics: there were prosthetic limbs that are controlled directly through the nervous system and even have feedback. With some training people can learn to use an artificial hand and “feel” it touching. While the set of actions that can perform such prostheses is limited, but nevertheless it will help in many everyday situations, including those requiring care. Fear: faulty prosthesis could hurt the owner or someone the Subject has the superhero, it may be not only useful, but also dangerous. What if the bionic prosthesis will break, and instead to Pat the child on the head would hit or strangle him? Suddenly the prosthesis can be controlled from the outside, and someone uses it to control me or harm? Positives: the opportunity to return to a normal life Bionic prosthesis is a fantastic opportunity for those people who experienced limb amputation. Throughout the history of mankind, the denture was separate, not connected with the nervous system element.

Now being developed in the area of increasing the sensitivity of the artificial skin, making the functionality of the prostheses and reduce the cost of technology. The last question is very important for Russia, because currently the price of dentures may reach tens of thousands of dollars, and compensation from the state does not cover the full cost.

In Russia development and production of bionic prostheses the company is engaged in Motor activity, which produces prosthetic arms for children, Teens and adults. Technology: VPN the Location of each person can be identified by its IP address. A service called VPN — virtual private network — replaces the IP address to another, which may be based in a completely different part of the world. For example, while in Russia, and using a VPN, you can pretend you’re in England or Hawaii. This system allows the use of closed or locked resources, and to act anonymously. Fears: the illegal trafficking of drugs, weapons and prohibited content Tor Browser, which has built-in VPN allows you to connect to criminal networks and to anonymously buy illegal substances and content. In particular, thanks to such technologies may spread child pornography, drugs become more available, it is possible to order and carry out criminal services up to the murder, while maintaining complete anonymity. Positives: secure network a Private network VPN provides maximum data security. For example, for communication between the various offices of an international company. By using a VPN tunnel Corporation can connect all the computers directly as if they were physically in the same room. The information that goes through the VPN tunnel, can be securely encrypted and cannot be hacked or stolen. No VPN connection would be difficult to provide secure transmission of data on the Internet.

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