Are Advances in Technology Helping or Hurting Society?

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How Computer Technology Advances May Help and Hurt Society

As my phone takes me from bus stop to train stop, while playing a podcast, and allowing me to text my girlfriend, it can be hard to see the cons with such glaring pros. My grandfather who is blown away by an iPhone’s ability to hold 5000 songs may not recognize the social divide these screens are creating—but he will when my son naturally sees no need to look up from the device during dinner time. From phones to super computers and advanced AI, technology is growing at a fast (and somewhat frightening rate). In fact, many great minds believe it will one day be the death of all humanity. Still, doomsday predictions aside, it is a marvel that we are able to create and innovate so rapidly. Tech companies are perhaps a great indicator of this, as you can see just by looking at some of the services offered on one of their sites (scarlettculture.com for example) how much everyone relies on tech.

But is it doing more harm than good?

Learning one fact vs reading one hundred

Hard work and research are being replaced with Google searches and DIY YouTube videos. Future generations are given a broader spectrum of hobbies and projects to learn about, but we cannot forget the study and dedication that created these techniques. 

You can find anything on the internet. Growing up if I did not know the definition of a word, my mother had me go find the dictionary or encyclopedia and look it up. It was annoying because she always knew the answer and could just tell me; but the process ended up being more meaningful, and I can still tell you that couscous is made with durum wheat semolina. That definition stuck in my head and I still order it whenever I go to a tex mex restaurant—the food so nice they named it twice. 

Today I read about a law that benefited the president’s daughter, that Highlander was narrated by Sean Connery, and that there is a breed of wolf dog that has all of a wolf’s mannerisms bred out of it, while retaining that ferocious wolf-like look. Will they stick with me? Well, yesterday’s random facts certainly did not.

Our Reliance can be our downfall – as technology is constantly evolving

As businesses create better methods and practices in advancing their industries, innovation looms around the corner ready to put themselves out of a job. Look at Uber—a company booming with the prevalence of smartphones and credit cards. However Uber’s entire business model is aimed toward self-driving cars ready to put hundreds of thousands of drivers out of a job. 

Facebook is a great way to keep in touch, but what if Mark Zuckerberg decided to begin charging us to use this service. Those who could afford it would prosper while others would lose the ability to communicate with friends and family. The question of how computer technology advances may help and hurt society is nothing new. From electricity to the atomic bomb, nothing comes without a price.

What is a Domestic Electrician and how do they Advance Modern Electrical Systems

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What is a Domestic Electrician?

A domestic electrician mostly works inside houses and apartments. His job is fairly wide-ranging, involving running cable, installing lighting, and repairing basic electrical parts around the house. This job often involves laboring beneath floor boards, dusty attics, or cramped crawl spaces, so domestic electricians don’t have an easy task to do.

In addition to basic installations, a domestic electrician may plan full or partial structural electrical systems. When a small number of installations have been finished, the planning method becomes more straightforward. When thinking about the plan of an electrical system, there are two major factors to consider:

First is the environment of the electrical work. Electricity being run to a bathroom, for example, requires different necessities and safety considerations than a kitchen setup.

The next thing that any domestic electrician thinks about throughout the design of the electrical system is the power supply needs. This part can be separated into loads of zones. The amount of power a room needs dictates things such as the type and number of cables, the grounding method, and fault control.

Domestic electricians have the technical ability to easily adapt to the different types of installations required for residential use.

According to this domestic electrician in Wakefield, one of the most important things to be aware of is building codes and standards regarding the safe installation of power supply. This information is typically necessary when modifications to the electric wiring are completed. They are certified to remove and mount junction boxes as well as sockets in walls, floors, and other areas.

Another skill of a domestic electrician that is often underrated is communication. Often, they are working with homeowners who have little to no knowledge of even the most basic of electrical systems. A professional electrician will know how to explain the work they are doing or need to do in simple terms. Often, the difference between a well-explained electrical problem and a poor one is a matter of safety. Many homeowners might balk at the price of repairs and forego them simply because a bad electrician didn’t communicate the importance to them.

Likewise, domestic electricians must often communicate well with interior designers in order to strike a balance between aesthetic appeal, functionality, and safety. While the designers job may be to create a space that is pleasing to the eye and easy to live in, the electrician must help the designer know the best placement for fixtures, outlets, and switches based on the power supply needs of the house and local regulations

It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it. A domestic electrician bears a lot of responsibility, but without them, our homes couldn’t function the way they do.

Your Shoes Can Now Send Morse Code

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Say Goodbye to the Work Boots of Yesterday, and Hello to the Future!

Well, not your shoes exactly (yet). At the Mobile World Congress, a pair of rather remarkable work boots were unveiled that allow wearers to communicate via morse code being tapped with the toes. Developed by Sierra Wireless, these boots are meant for workers (miners, loggers etc.) that need to communicate to each other but may not necessarily have the hands free to do it in a more traditional way. Each boot is fitted with a SIM card, and a series of high-tech components that allow the person wearing it to send morse code messages with the tap of a toe. The message is then sent to managers and other workers on the team, vibrating and emitting a loud noise to let the wearer know communication is inbound. The communication method is similar to morse code and would require the wearer to learn the language to the point of being able to send messages and understand incoming messages easily.

While this may seem laughable, it is actually quite practical. Recent events (notably the Chilean mine collapse) have left workers stranded and unable to communicate effectively. Using GPS technology, these boots not only allow wearers to communicate remotely, but also can show real-time location data via Google Maps.

Not much more information is available as of yet, but it will be interesting to see how these progress in the industrial world.