New Technologies: Should We Be Worried?

Various technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), the Internet or robots make everyday and professional life easier for many people. But some of them need to be closely monitored because of the risks they pose.

technological revolutions do they only have good sides? Obviously not. Indeed, a person should foresee the possible negative consequences new technologies. Among them are AI, synthetic biology, robotization and data digitization. Moreover, many scientists are alarmed that man’s inventions may one day turn against him.

Artificial intelligence: what you need to know

Several well-known companies such as Google use AI in their products and services. Their goal is to improve the use of the tools available to users. A positive result, like voice recognition. But artificial intelligence is used in a number of other areas, such as robotics, navigation systems for autonomous vehiclesscientific research or virtual reality.

The advantage of AI is that once running on a computer, it can continuously learn from real data. A little algorithms even manage to think like a human. Proof of this are AI robots in operating rooms.

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However, we must be careful because this effectiveness can be addictive and lead to misuse. The main concerns are related, in particular, to the attitude that AI can be used to solve life’s problems. Moreover, there are applications that can decide for users. This is exactly the situation that should be avoided. Indeed, AIs are not and never will be endowed with consciousness, like humans. BUT apocalyptic vision hovering around humanity as AI will be the solution to all problems.

Facial recognition: revolutionary, but…

face recognition not new. If his application first spread to smartphones, it was a great success in the field cyber security increase the level of protection against computer attacks. In the world of espionage and surveillance, governments and intelligence agencies are also in high demand for this technology. We remind you that face recognition works with artificial intelligence.

But today its credibility and usefulness have been compromised by some wrong methods. Note among others deepfake technology which can completely recreate a person’s face, and in a very simple way. It causes a lot ethical and moral issuesbecause anyone can access this technology. Indeed, a person will be easily deceived, not to mentionidentity theft. And so far, technology has no concrete solutions to counter deepfakes.

Molecular biology: the most dangerous new technologies

Many scholars agree that the greatest threat from innovative technologies attached to biology and his research: genetic modification, cell regeneration, development of superantibodies, creation of cells and much more. Biology is on the verge of crossing the taboo border with cloning. There is no doubt that in the near future science will be able to create a man artificially.

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From my side, synthetic biology progressing slowly but yielding concrete results. Its goal is to be able rewrite DNA. With the support of engineering, computer science, artificial intelligence and especially chemistry, this is not Science fiction. This will become a reality in the near future. Questions about the origin of life will be raised, and with them a revolution in norms and social practices. Besides, production of genetically modified products will also appear.

What are the negative health effects of new technologies?

Today, more than ever, people are hyperlinked thanks to the Internet and, in particular, communication devices. If the goal is to bring people together and then make their daily lives easier, it’s undeniable that technology is producing adverse effects on physical health, psychological and social. For example, studies conducted among people aged 19 to 32 show that people who regularly use social media are more likely to feel isolated. Besides, Science Magazine published in 2016, points to a link between social media and mental health issues such as depression.

In addition, technologies such as tablets and smartphones can cause eye strain. The reason why it is necessary to limit the time spent in front of the screens. The luminosity and radiation of devices is actually harmful to health. The little ones are likely to miss the attention prone to obesity or have aggressive behavior if it is too technology dependent and what it has to offer.

Shortly speaking, new technologies seem unwilling to stop appearing. People must set certain limits by asking themselves the right ethical and moral questions for their future. Otherwise, they will change the very concept of life and social, economic and cultural practices. But you need to prepare for the worst by continuing to do research workto innovate and develop our knowledge.