They say necessity is the mother of invention, and they’re right. Human history is a veritable case study in the manifestation of problems being answered by ingenious new creations that address daily stresses and make life more convenient and pleasant for everyone. Once upon a time, people found it challenging and even dangerous to live in cold climates; thick clothing did away with that concern, with further innovations leading all the way up to modern electric heaters. The need to travel great distances for trade or merely for pleasure was met by automobiles and airplanes. Medicines keep us healthy and can even cure a miraculous array of deadly diseases that once terrorized us. The list goes on and on.
While definitely contending with its ups and downs, the march of technology has never really been stopped, so that today, we live in the most technologically advanced society in history – and we continue to make strides forward. It’s a good thing, too, because we now face some very modern problems, some of which are mere inconveniences while others threaten the structure of our civilization itself. But once again, technology is a match for all of these concerns, some of it already existing while much of it is close at hand. Such as fiber-optic Internet it is among the essential resource that startups need to grow. As entrepreneurs more and more work on the move, they need Wi-Fi in order to do business. We simply need to apply secure technology – intelligently and responsibly, with an eye toward proper social engineering that respects individual freedom and determination.
In a theoretical city of the near future, energy is no longer a concern. In a low regulation, tax incentivized marketplace, private businesses are free to fill the needs of consumers, who, conscious of environmental concerns, overwhelmingly demand the utilization of clean and renewable energy sources. The private sector responds minimally by abandoning fossil fuels, as the use of such materials is no longer tolerated by customers, and solar and wind power are fully embraced. Serious research is conducted into the only energy source for which consumers will pay, making turbines and photovoltaic cells ever more efficient and effective. Environmental pollution falls precipitously.
Another concern plaguing modern cities is severe traffic congestion, a nuisance on the surface that is revealed as a serious problem when lost productivity is considered. This is addressed in the city of the future by automated computer systems that measure traffic patterns and density through sensors in the road, and instantly calculate alternate routes to transmit and recommend through GPS systems installed in cars. Traffic light rhythms can also be adjusted, giving longer greens to areas of greater flow, helping all traffic to commute efficiently.
Home security is another extremely important matter, and in the future, built-in systems are much more than alarms. Home management computers are able to lock front and back doors at the first detection of an intruder, with synthetic voices warning such trespassers to flee even as high-definition digital photographs of their faces are taken and transmitted to local police. Those foolish enough to remain and commit a crime will almost certainly be caught before they can get away, and even if not, they will not be able to hide for long. Of course, voice, retina, and fingerprint scan technology are available, ensuring that homeowners and their families can enter at will, without the need for clumsy and easily misplaced house keys.
Family security is enhanced, too, as parents are given the option to track their children’s whereabouts to ensure their safety. Naturally, safeguards are in place to prevent the abuse of this sort of technology, but such systems prove invaluable in helping parents to keep their kids safe and know that they are not getting into trouble.
It goes without saying that the more society relies on computers, the more important computer security becomes. We have seen the dangers that hackers can pose even now, in a much less digital society than we describe here. But this is another emerging challenge that can be addressed with time, and as usual, the private sector is best equipped to handle it. Consumers simply will not tolerate the violation of their privacy or personal information, and businesses using these technologies have no choice but to take these concerns seriously and hire the foremost experts in computer science to design airtight safeguards against unscrupulous compromise of these devices.
We are privileged to live in a time of wondrous technological innovation, and the future is bright indeed. We must be cautious, ensuring that technology is applied properly and safely, but taking responsible measures, there is nothing to fear and all to gain from the march of human progress.
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