View Poll Results: Should we pause our rapid development in technology or keep going?

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  • PAUSE!

    3 9.38%
  • KEEP GOING!

    29 90.63%
03-04-2014 01:19 AM
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  1. unstoppablekem's Avatar
    If you know me, I am an extreme geek, as is probably everyone here, lol. Unfortunately, as technology gets better, so does people (AHEM NSA) and the internet spying on us. Today, just for fun, I searched my name. Usually, it pulls things up where I created accounts. Now, it found EVERYTHING that I posted, everywhere I was mentioned, my Facebook account, my twitter, things I shared, where I live, what school I go to, what sports I play, AND EVEN MY DAMN FAMILY!! I hear now that if you post something on twitter or Facebook, that is slightly idiotic, it can prevent you from getting into the college that sees that, which is pretty annoying, because if a student works really hard, gets good grades, and just posts something funny (maybe a little stupid though), and doesn't get into that college because of that, then it is like in order to get a job or into a good college, you can't do anything that involves the internet.

    I'm pretty annoyed, I'm sure you are too. At least we aren't PURE Google people, as they even put you in advertisements now, and they did something recently that is bad too that I am forgetting.

    Do you think we have to pause our rapid development in technology and fix everything that it has messed up, or keep going? Take the poll and comment below. Let me know what you think.
    01-12-2014 04:41 PM
  2. Guytronic's Avatar
    Great thread!

    I'm an addict of gadgets and technology myself.
    Recently I posted a comment in another thread about slowing down a bit with the global net.

    Frankly the web and my gadgets have taken up too much time.
    I'm not sure if the web and it's drive to infuse us with technology is making us smarter or chaining us down.

    I do know one thing in all my 61 years this is the first time I can say I really feel true distrust for the government I have come to depend on.
    ...and I worked for the US department of Defense for 36 years.
    01-12-2014 06:29 PM
  3. Blkacesvf41's Avatar
    What a I see is the direct correlation between us having too many gadgets and becoming a sedimentary society and thus overweight. Also, we're the ones who need to slow down and think before hitting the send/tweet key!
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    01-12-2014 06:40 PM
  4. Blkacesvf41's Avatar
    Ok, I just became exhibit A. "Sedimentary" is not the word I was looking for at all! I meant stationary.
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    01-12-2014 06:45 PM
  5. Guytronic's Avatar
    We will eventually end up as sediment.

    I am somewhat sedentary myself however.
    Actually left the house yesterday for my bicycle ride without me trusty Nokia SP!
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    01-12-2014 07:14 PM
  6. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    I feel that technology needs to keep being developed and moving forward. The major issues aren't the technology itself; it is how the users choose to use that technology.
    01-12-2014 09:15 PM
  7. sahib lopez's Avatar
    I don't know about you all but I think tech should slow down a bit or atleast the mobile space ....its moving so fast people don't even enjoy their new gadget because something new is going to come out.
    unstoppablekem and Guytronic like this.
    01-12-2014 11:41 PM
  8. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    I don't know about you all but I think tech should slow down a bit or atleast the mobile space ....its moving so fast people don't even enjoy their new gadget because something new is going to come out.
    I think it's just the next step. That already happened with PCs earlier.
    01-12-2014 11:43 PM
  9. sahib lopez's Avatar
    I think it's just the next step. That already happened with PCs earlier.
    well with pc's im my opinion you computer will stay relevant unlike cellphones , the networks are always changing and improving their coverage so that means the person might want another phone also some buyers want the newest thing
    01-13-2014 12:09 AM
  10. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    well with pc's im my opinion you computer will stay relevant unlike cellphones , the networks are always changing and improving their coverage so that means the person might want another phone also some buyers want the newest thing
    You're probably too young to remember the spec wars with PCs, but it was very similar to what's happening with smartphones nowadays.
    palandri and MSFTisMIA like this.
    01-13-2014 12:15 AM
  11. unstoppablekem's Avatar
    You're probably too young to remember the spec wars with PCs, but it was very similar to what's happening with smartphones nowadays.
    You mean the intel vs powerpc thing?
    01-13-2014 12:17 AM
  12. Reflexx's Avatar
    You mean the intel vs powerpc thing?
    I think she means the clock speed wars.
    01-13-2014 12:30 AM
  13. unstoppablekem's Avatar
    I think she means the clock speed wars.
    Oh, don't remember that. Probably too young.
    hopmedic and Laura Knotek like this.
    01-13-2014 12:30 AM
  14. jojoe42's Avatar
    First off what an interesting topic to begin with - I believe that as technology develops so will society and its' greater acceptance, adaptation and perception of technology in regard to the real-world. I think that as technology becomes more prevalent over time new things will have to become accepted, things will have to change and new things will become as unacceptable - for example, smoking in the 1970's was accepted and now it is majorly regarded as foul today. Of course the rapid development in technology has both benefits and downsides, but we cannot blame just technology for these downsides - as the users of technology we hold some responsibility too. Sure technology has made us more aware (i.e. the whole NSA fiasco), but isn't that both a plus and a con? That we become more aware of new information? Although I do have some concerns over having "no place to hide" ala a lack of privacy on the internet, this is the internet we are talking about - a public, communal space where everyone is, and can see whatever you do on it, and I do think it is up to the users to adapt - it's like leaving all your doors unlocked at home, or the keys in the ignition of your car. This is a new era(ish) and of course there will be some growing pains in the beginning
    01-13-2014 01:55 AM
  15. Ian Too's Avatar
    You sure it wasn't sedentary?
    01-13-2014 04:42 AM
  16. windoors's Avatar
    We should think before we post, comment and share. We should separate our online identities from one another. There are advices available on what we should be sharing on Facebook, Twitter and Google. Assuring our privacy is in our hands so far as we don't have NSA behind us.

    "There are two kinds of cryptography in this world: cryptography that will stop your kid sister from reading your files, and cryptography that will stop major governments from reading your files." ~ Bruce Schneier
    (Unfortunately, the later kind is much unavailable to people like us)
    snowmutt and Guytronic like this.
    01-13-2014 05:03 AM
  17. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    My opinion.

    Technology in my eyes simply isn't going fast enough. There are many factors as to why we have what we have today. Some is driven by a cost basis, there's also been other company/industry interference (as in the case of batteries) and we've had many lulls where nothing really happened for whatever reason. If you think about it the greatest advancements in technology have only been in the last 25 years. Prior to that things were very slow moving.

    As we approach a plateau for mobile technology, yes we're reaching one, the obvious next question is, what now? More RAM? Faster processors? More space? All these things can be done of course, fairly easily. So what's really left? Software of course and wearable technology. That seems to be where we're heading, though at a snails pace as far as I'm concerned. There's nothing out that interests me in this area.

    As for the web and privacy. Lots can be done to fix this, but of course we have the whole idea of open information. The web was built with that in mind, the question of course is should there be rules? To me it's not a virtual world in a world but a part of the world with rules and regulations. We need to mature in our understanding of the web and it's place in the world. Along with social media. Kids need to be taught about it and so do adults as it would appear that many don't understand security settings.

    Going with the whole issue of the NSA, I personally could care less about that. I have wrote nothing that I worry about someone else reading in both email and online. I have no issues with a computer scanning my email. I guess that comes with being employed in large companies that does that on a daily basis for years. As for other privacy issues, easiest way to combat it, make everyone have a passport and have it as your main ID for anything. That should kill about 95% of ID theft. Of course many in the US would have an issue with that but in my eyes it's a small thing to take care of a big issue.

    I could go on and I'm sure someone will dispute what I think but that's what's wonderful about the online world. We get opinions from everywhere and all social scales. :)
    01-13-2014 05:34 AM
  18. hopmedic's Avatar
    I know that I smell someone cooking bacon, and if it weren't for technology, that wouldn't be happening here in the office.....

    But anyway, I do think there is too much information about us out there, and privacy seems to be a thing of the past. Government is too far-overreaching, and can no longer be trusted. Gone are the days that our founding fathers dreamed of.
    01-13-2014 08:25 AM
  19. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    I know that I smell someone cooking bacon, and if it weren't for technology, that wouldn't be happening here in the office.....

    But anyway, I do think there is too much information about us out there, and privacy seems to be a thing of the past. Government is too far-overreaching, and can no longer be trusted. Gone are the days that our founding fathers dreamed of.
    It is interesting in a way, because although some of the surveillance seems "Big Brother-ish", other aspects of the Internet seem to ensure that the Ministry of Truth from 1984 could not even exist. It would be pretty much impossible to alter news documents to make past history conform to a party line, thanks to the Internet. Once something is posted online, erasing or altering all traces is almost impossible.
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    01-13-2014 01:04 PM
  20. Reflexx's Avatar
    It is interesting in a way, because although some of the surveillance seems "Big Brother-ish", other aspects of the Internet seem to ensure that the Ministry of Truth from 1984 could not even exist. It would be pretty much impossible to alter news documents to make past history conform to a party line, thanks to the Internet. Once something is posted online, erasing or altering all traces is almost impossible.
    Though putting out conflicting information can muddy the waters.

    If that conflicting information ends up getting "endorsed" by "reputable" people, then the past can be manipulated.

    You see it all the time with politics. The past is continuously rewritten because people forget the context of decisions in the past.
    Laura Knotek and Guytronic like this.
    01-13-2014 02:14 PM
  21. Guytronic's Avatar
    It is interesting in a way, because although some of the surveillance seems "Big Brother-ish", other aspects of the Internet seem to ensure that the Ministry of Truth from 1984 could not even exist. It would be pretty much impossible to alter news documents to make past history conform to a party line, thanks to the Internet. Once something is posted online, erasing or altering all traces is almost impossible.
    This is important and for this reason I've been trying to recede from on-line time.
    It may be best to go with saying take internet communications with a grain of salt.
    We all hear this over and over.
    01-13-2014 03:35 PM
  22. Paul May's Avatar
    It seems to me that throughout the ages the more scientifically smarter we get the faster technology advances. There will come a plateau just like other times in the past with other technological advancements, then a major breakthrough like the microchip and another explosion of new technology that will come faster than before. There really is no stopping or slowing it down because there is to much money to be made, so lets roll with it and enjoy the ride, and new toys.
    Laura Knotek and palandri like this.
    01-13-2014 10:15 PM
  23. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    I think she means the clock speed wars.
    Oh, don't remember that. Probably too young.
    That was what I was referring to.
    unstoppablekem and snowmutt like this.
    01-13-2014 10:20 PM
  24. jmshub's Avatar
    Technology powers forward, but thugs like this have a tendency to level off. As Laura said with the CPU wars of the 90s through the mid 00s, CPU growth has plateaued. Sure, Intel releases new designs every year, and it gets better with every iteration. But major growth doesn't happen like it used to. Phones are quickly reaching this point.


    I do agree that mainstream consumer encryption is no match for government spying. I wish I had a better solution for this, but the NSA is ever increasingly watching all the data out in the ether.
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    01-13-2014 10:46 PM
  25. Reflexx's Avatar
    Oh, don't remember that. Probably too young.
    Wow. I feel like an "Ancient" in a movie telling the main characters about the wars from long long ago.

    "Yes young one. Long long ago, times were different. We were happy without worrying about technology. Then came... the Clock Speed Wars. During that time everything was full of chaos. PCs were outdated every few months, with the newest iteration of software needing the newest processors in order to run smoothly. Thousands and thousands of dollars perished during these dark times."
    01-13-2014 11:25 PM
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