French Declaration Discouraging Cyberattacks

The US was one of the few western countries that declined to sign France's new declaration that discourages the use of cyber attacks, specifically on civilians. It was signed by 51 countries, over 130 companies, and 90 universities and nongovernmental groups. The declaration aims to prevent and decrease meddling in elections and prevent harm to individuals and infrastructure. The US did not provide explicit information as to why it did not sign. 

Amazon HQ2

As many may already know, Amazon is set to announce where their new headquarters will be, where they are expected to spend billions to create an equal campus to that of Seattle. HQ2 is guaranteed to meet three criteria: tech job growth, tech job growth and tech job growth within the area chosen, but these flashy headlines somethings cloud out some of the true realities of bringing such a large investment to a city at once.

I want to bring this discussion up to talk about the various implications.

Some things to think about:

Are we using our cell phones too much?

Technology is slowly taking over our society; it almost seems that everything nowadays is powered by technology and the use of phones and tablets.  This can not only lead to us losing social cues in face-to-face interactions, but the overusage of technology and cell phones can lead to mental health problems.  Here's an interesting article about an experiment performed to visualize how addictive cell phones and other screens can be.

Is Social Media Ruining...

Is Social Media Ruining Childhood? The exposure to technology in young children is increasing rapidly. Kids are getting access to social media at younger and younger ages. How is this trend affecting elementary aged kids? Middle school? High school? What are the consequences of giving children access to social media at an early age, and can this lead to problems with social development?

Are Robocalls Taking Over?

"The number of unwanted automated calls received by Americans has surged to 4 billion per month, according to the Federal Communications Commission. That’s about 1,543 calls per second. Scam calls have skyrocketed from 4 percent of all calls to mobile phones in 2016 to 29 percent in 2018, and are projected to reach 45 percent next year, according to First Orion, a company that provides call-blocking and management technology."

How is this going to affect our generation who is so addicted to our phones?

Blue Light Concern

Blue Light Concern

"Technology, and light from technology, have entered our living and sleeping spaces in a big way in recent years. While the benefits of electricity, in the form of bulbs, tubelights and entertainment devices, have made it easier for people to continue their work and entertainment whenever they want, the light from gadgets has started affecting our health."

Uber Scooters

Uber scooters are on the rise. The company aims to launch scooters in other US cities in the coming months. Will this have an effect on campus or in Detroit? How will this affect the new company bird we discussed about? https://www.cnet.com/news/uber-scooters-hit-the-ground-in-california-for-1-per-ride/

Alex Jones "Banned from the Internet" (Censorship)

Recently, right-wing InforWars founder Alex Jones was banned from Facebook, Apple, Youtube, Twitter, Spotify, and more. Infowars is. far-right news website. His accounts, all with millions of followers and downloads, were taken down by each respective company, and one could argue that he was essentially scrubbed from the social media centric Internet most users are a part of. All companies claim that he violated their terms and conditions multiple times with "abusive" and "untruthful" postings. 

Amazon Alexa Takeover

Amazon recently held an event focused around their Amazon Alexa voice assistant. Prior to now, Alexa was commenly found in their speakers, alarm clocks, and kitchen screens. They have now made it clear that they want Alexa to be available in helping all aspects of your life, announcing devices including:

- An Alexa Powered Microwave that can start warming food with a simple "Alexa ... cook for 1 minute."

French Declaration Discouraging Cyberattacks

The US was one of the few western countries that declined to sign France's new declaration that discourages the use of cyber attacks, specifically on civilians. It was signed by 51 countries, over 130 companies, and 90 universities and nongovernmental groups. The declaration aims to prevent and decrease meddling in elections and prevent harm to individuals and infrastructure. The US did not provide explicit information as to why it did not sign. 

Amazon HQ2

As many may already know, Amazon is set to announce where their new headquarters will be, where they are expected to spend billions to create an equal campus to that of Seattle. HQ2 is guaranteed to meet three criteria: tech job growth, tech job growth and tech job growth within the area chosen, but these flashy headlines somethings cloud out some of the true realities of bringing such a large investment to a city at once.

I want to bring this discussion up to talk about the various implications.

Some things to think about:

Are we using our cell phones too much?

Technology is slowly taking over our society; it almost seems that everything nowadays is powered by technology and the use of phones and tablets.  This can not only lead to us losing social cues in face-to-face interactions, but the overusage of technology and cell phones can lead to mental health problems.  Here's an interesting article about an experiment performed to visualize how addictive cell phones and other screens can be.

Is Social Media Ruining...

Is Social Media Ruining Childhood? The exposure to technology in young children is increasing rapidly. Kids are getting access to social media at younger and younger ages. How is this trend affecting elementary aged kids? Middle school? High school? What are the consequences of giving children access to social media at an early age, and can this lead to problems with social development?

Are Robocalls Taking Over?

"The number of unwanted automated calls received by Americans has surged to 4 billion per month, according to the Federal Communications Commission. That’s about 1,543 calls per second. Scam calls have skyrocketed from 4 percent of all calls to mobile phones in 2016 to 29 percent in 2018, and are projected to reach 45 percent next year, according to First Orion, a company that provides call-blocking and management technology."

How is this going to affect our generation who is so addicted to our phones?

Blue Light Concern

Blue Light Concern

"Technology, and light from technology, have entered our living and sleeping spaces in a big way in recent years. While the benefits of electricity, in the form of bulbs, tubelights and entertainment devices, have made it easier for people to continue their work and entertainment whenever they want, the light from gadgets has started affecting our health."

Uber Scooters

Uber scooters are on the rise. The company aims to launch scooters in other US cities in the coming months. Will this have an effect on campus or in Detroit? How will this affect the new company bird we discussed about? https://www.cnet.com/news/uber-scooters-hit-the-ground-in-california-for-1-per-ride/

Alex Jones "Banned from the Internet" (Censorship)

Recently, right-wing InforWars founder Alex Jones was banned from Facebook, Apple, Youtube, Twitter, Spotify, and more. Infowars is. far-right news website. His accounts, all with millions of followers and downloads, were taken down by each respective company, and one could argue that he was essentially scrubbed from the social media centric Internet most users are a part of. All companies claim that he violated their terms and conditions multiple times with "abusive" and "untruthful" postings. 

Amazon Alexa Takeover

Amazon recently held an event focused around their Amazon Alexa voice assistant. Prior to now, Alexa was commenly found in their speakers, alarm clocks, and kitchen screens. They have now made it clear that they want Alexa to be available in helping all aspects of your life, announcing devices including:

- An Alexa Powered Microwave that can start warming food with a simple "Alexa ... cook for 1 minute."

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