Smart World

What better way to shop than to have your very own virtual mirror at home and also in stores. There will be virtual mirrors in stores as well for window shoppers who aren’t sure if they want to purchase an item.

Our cities would be eco-friendly, nothing will run on fuel, there will be no air pollutions, everything will be solar powered, etc.

Technology is everywhere and easily accessible in this modern world. There is a great advancement of the internet with different platforms of communication. As society moves on, technology will keep diffusing and changing drastically. Unfortunately the pandemic has thought us to move much faster into a techno-utopian society/world. I sometimes visualize how things could have gone differently if we lived in a developed techno-utopian world. I’ll like to go over how technology could make a better world.

Techno Optimism

Truth UnTold: I don’t think there’s any doubt that machine intelligence will surpass human intelligence very soon, if it has not already done so. Because I think the evolution of our Universe tends to select in favor of intelligence,and because I think “intelligence” is a better name for what our Universe favors than “mind”. I feel confident in my claim that machine intelligence is, or will soon be, more intelligent than us. Machine intelligences are already making and shaping human lives in ways that humans are not aware of, cannot supervene, and do not fully understand.

Community, peace, and happiness are the core values of any utopia. There’s been many wars over leadership, religion, race, rights etc. What if we were all in sync and moved forward together as one but not individually. If we just focused on one thing; evolving technology for our world to live a better life.

Technocracy versus Democracy – the functionalist city and its impacts: Pervasive use of technology in the smart city raises serious governance concerns. Big data collection and the so-called ‘internet of things’ promote technocratic and managerial approaches to urban governance, raising a range of issues related to power and control”

Healthcare Devices

Health care devices will be within each home to detect if any person has abnormalities. These devices would be able to cure and produce any sort of treatment for patients. A lot of people die because they do not get to the hospital in time. With this solution people would not need to worry about money or health insurance. There will be detox treatments where our bodies will be cleansed thoroughly to remove pathogens, cholesterols, abnormal tissue growths etc.

Opioid crisis would be omitted because the technological devices would produce the amount of opioid needed to be taken each day. Another issue within the health care system is mental health. There will be a 2hour therapeutic session and massage each day for patients whose stress level is above the required limit. ” In the future, more drugs will be designed to carry out precise missions at the molecular level”

Education

During this COVID-19 I faced a lot of challenges mentally and physically not being able to accomplish a lot of my tasks especially for school. Sitting still for an hour starring at my laptop with internet interruptions wasn’t ideal at all. But in the near future student’s won’t have to do that anymore. Our smart devices will have holograms for a friendlier experience. “The content developed for holographic teaching is only limited by our imaginations. Educational creators will have the ability to literally bring their works to life. Sites and sounds could be brought to a classroom to enhance a lecture (if only we could add the dimension of smell – ‘smellivision’ anyone?).” I find myself fortunate because I have a laptop and internet to login to Webex for online classes but many students in the United States and outside of the United States didn’t get this opportunity at all.

Unity

Technology could really help fight income inequality. If we are to become one and work together there shouldn’t be a first, second or third world class. There are a lot of people in the world who have no knowledge or the slightest idea of what technology is and what it is capable of. But if all hands were on deck, and people were taught about technology, they would bring in their wildest ideas to make the world a much better place. ” Inequality and functional differentiation: critique links extensive use of ICT to the risk of deepening inequalities and social divisions both between and within cities in so far as it may isolate ‘the unskilled and IT illiterate sections of the local poorer population…’ (Hollands, 2008, p. 312). Rather than raising standards of living for all urban dwellers, information technology has been shown to deepen social divisions inside the city (Grossi & Pianezzi, 2017Kitchin, 2014).”

Smart House

A lot of people have been cooking a lot since the pandemic and its been extremely had finding recipes, checking what you already have and what you do not have in the fridge to make the recipes found online. Well no more of that because the smart refrigerators will provide recipes based on what you already have in stock.Not only that but it will automatically alert and provide a grocery list that can either be bought in store and be picked up or individuals can use the smart delivery where items can be brought in by AI robots.

Although the thought has ran through a lot of our minds I believe we could make more advanced drones for delivery, not just groceries and products but food delivery. I ordered food on Uber eats once and it took fairly about two hours because the delivery guy was on a bike, the food was extremely cold, mind you the restaurant is only a mile or so away from my apartment.

Safety will be number one priority of the Smart House. There will be no more keys. Every-time someone moves out we either have to change the locks or chase them for the keys back. There will definitely be none of that. You can choose between facial recognition, two-factor authentication, digital thumbprint or special passcode entry.

SUBSTITUTE NATURE

“Many in our society see the ecological crisis as a grand new economic opportunity for growth and profit. If nature is being destroyed, we can create new nature. Technologies are rolling out to introduce substitute nature. For example: GEO-ENGINEERING (to “solve” the climate crisis by “re-seeding” the heavens and inventing techno-climate); GMOs (to re-arrange the genetics of food, animals, and trees, making them more profitable); SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY (creating new artificial life forms, including genetically redesigned humans–taller? smarter? better looking?); and NANOTECHNOLOGY (to replace the planet’s billion-years-old molecular structures for greater efficiency.) We prefer the old planet.

Human-Technology

According to Reinventing Humanity: The future of Machine-Human Intelligence, we will soon be living in a world of Singularity. What do we mean by Singularity, a period in which the pace of technological change will be so fast and far reaching. We will combine our brain power, skills and personality with our computer power.

“This merger of man and machine, coupled with the sudden explosion in machine intelligence and rapid innovation in gene research and nanotechnology, will result in a world where there is no distinction between the biological and the mechanical, or between physi- cal and virtual reality. These technological revolutions will allow us to transcend our frail bodies with all their limitations. Illness, as we know it, will be eradi- cated. Through the use of nanotechnology, we will be able to manufacture almost any physical product upon demand, world hunger and poverty will be solved, and pollution will vanish. Human existence will undergo a quantum leap in evolution. We will be able to live as long as we choose. The coming into being of such a world is, in essence, the Singularity.”

“As the previous generation retires from the work force, many more people will have grown up with intimate knowledge of computers. And over time, it may become easier to work with computers just by talking to them. As computer-human interfaces become simpler and easier to manage, that may raise the relative return to less-skilled labor.” 

References

1. Walsh, Kelly. “Kelly Walsh.” Emerging Education Technologies, 6 May 2015, www.emergingedtech.com/2012/11/7-ways-holographic-technology-will-make-learning-more-fun/.

2. “Techno-Utopia.” INTERNATIONAL FORUM ON GLOBALIZATION, ifg.org/techno-utopia/.

3. Bina, Olivia, et al. “Beyond Techno-Utopia and Its Discontents: On the Role of Utopianism and Speculative Fiction in Shaping Alternatives to the Smart City Imaginary.” Futures, Pergamon, 17 Oct. 2019, www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0016328719303374.

4.“Five Reasons Why I Am A Techno-Optimist.” ReadMoreWriteMoreThinkMoreBeMore, www.readmorewritemorethinkmorebemore.com/2019/05/five-reasons-why-i-am-techno-optimist.html.

5. The Singularity and Human Destiny. singularity.com/KurzweilFuturist.pdf.

6. Cowen, Tyler. “How Technology Could Help Fight Income Inequality.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 6 Dec. 2014, www.nytimes.com/2014/12/07/upshot/how-technology-could-help-fight-income-inequality.html.
 




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