The Economic Implications of Drones

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A drone on display at Interpolitex. Posted to Wikimedia Commons by Vitaly V. Kuzmin.

Conversations about drones usually revolve around the ethics of using them in warfare or the possibility of using them for surveillance. Both of these are important issues, but they are not the only issues at play.

The emergence of drones, particularly in everyday life, could have drastic impacts on the economy and on the livelihoods of the working class.

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Algorithm is not a Four-Letter Word: Understanding the Benefits of Data Collection

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A tweet from Daily Mail writer Piers Morgan. Screenshot taken from twitter.

Algorithm is a word we hear more and more frequently in the digital age. But what exactly is an algorithm?

Simply put, an algorithm is “just a series of instructions – a set of rules to solve a problem.”

Algorithms play an important role in the world of computer programming- they are employed by search engines like Google and social media like Facebook. Algorithms can be used to collect information on users, and for this reason, many are understandably wary of them and the threat they pose to privacy.

But instead of eschewing algorithms and data collection as a 1984-esque problem, we need to make an effort to understand what algorithms actually do, and the benefits they offer as well as the risks.

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Virtual Reality Technology offers Great Risks as well as Great Rewards

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An advertisement for Manus Virtual Reality gloves and headset. Posted to Wikimedia commons by Manus VR.

Immersive virtual reality technology, once a concept limited to science-fiction, has made great strides in recent years. This technology may one day be “the next big thing” in areas like entertainment, education, and even healthcare.

As with all new technology, there is almost as much potential for harm as there is for growth. But is the potential for harm enough to outweigh the benefits?

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Wearable Technology, Wearable “Surveillance”

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A Google Glass User. Posted to Wikimedia Commons Loic Le Meur

Technological advances have given rise to “wearable technology,” which includes small, lightweight devices that can be attached to clothes or worn. An example is one of Google’s newer products, Google Glass, which displays information from smartphones on a pair of glasses.

This technology is the wave of the future, but it comes with serious ethical dilemmas and potential problems.

Is it worth the technological advancement?

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