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Flip Side Of Technology

There are many instances where technology helps us lead a better life but there are also instances where it negatively affects our well being
by RamGopal Neerukonda
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Texting Driver worse than Drunken Driver..

With ever increasing personal gadgets such as mobiles, smartphones and tablets there are many things to distract our attention while driving than ever...

SMS, Email, Fb, Tweets and a myriad of other nuances haunt our attention and the urge to quickly brush up on these can mean life and death for us or others while we are driving.

A texting teen driver was even convicted of murder in Massachusetts, USA recently.

Lets say a big 'NOOO' to Texting and Driving!
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RamGopal Neerukonda, Evangelist - 6 years ago Edit
How should we take this? A technology gap or lack of awareness! Why cant we go a step ahead and use "Speech Recognition" technology in all cell phones? We can drastically reduce the number of these incidents with voice interactive phones.
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Praveen Baratam, Maven - 6 years ago Edit
Voice Recognition is complex and requires a fairly beefed up smart phone to understand even a small set of words. There are accent issues too. If we can resist the urge to reply, most phones can reliably respond to commands and read out messages, emails and social updates for us while driving.
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Barney Lerten, Contributor - 3 years ago Edit
We need to use the tech that caused this problem to solve this problem, keep innovating and never think we can magically get folks to "do the right thing" and not fall into all-too-human behaviors. Distractions while driving have always existed - are self-driving or more autonomous-driving cars part of the answer? Maybe the same tech that has claimed lives can save lives!
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Laptops, PDAs, iPods, smart phones and other technological gadgets seem to be taking over our pockets and purses with no end in sight. But could they be altering our families and affecting the way we interact with each other? Investigators at the University of Minnesota found that traditional family meals have a positive impact on adolescent behavior. In a 2006 survey of nearly 100,000 teenagers across 25 states, a higher frequency of family dinners was associated with more positive values and a greater commitment to learning.Short video showing the technology changes in a family..
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Praveen Baratam, Maven - 7 years ago Edit
We are trading life for a better lifestyle.
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Tarak Nagireddy, Evangelist - 7 years ago Edit
Better life style at the cost of peace of mind. Technology making us weak and lazy.
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Barney Lerten, Contributor - 3 years ago Edit
Who remembers the Star Trek: Next Generation episode, "The Game"? Where the whole ship got hooked on a game as a nefarious move by aliens? Sometimes I fear the Internet is such an influence. How we can unwind it, or find the balance (work-life balance of mine is all messed up) - those will be keys in the future. But NOT blaming the tech or those who embrace it. We need to move forward, NOT backward!
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I am in search of "Effects of Technology" and it resulted in decline of sparrows.Two reasons for the decline in sparrow count are

1) They are eating the soft-bodied insects which eat pesticides.
2) They are effected with the Electromagnetic radiation from cell phone towers.

It reminds me of my childhood days when house sparrows were in abundance and making the nest at every possible place in the house.

http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/industry-and-economy/info-tech/article3901019.ece

http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-05-28/flora-fauna/31876777_
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Praveen Baratam, Maven - 6 years ago Edit
I miss the cute little sparrow which used to be all around. If its true that they are affected by microwave radiation, soon there will be no place for these creatures unless some sanctuaries are created where mobile towers are not permitted.
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Barney Lerten, Contributor - 3 years ago Edit
Those who believe humans don't affect species and "whatever will be will be," the old Geo. Carlin routine that we are presumptuous to think we have that big an impact as humans - really need to be convinced, bit by bit, that we must become more careful with how our innovations impact the world around us. Scary stuff!
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Is technology enabling today's classrooms or simply distracting the students away? With countless ways to engage people, internet enabled devices such as laptops, smartphones and tablets, have become more of a nuisance than value addition to today's classrooms. Teachers find it increasingly difficult to capture the attention of students and many studies have concluded to the same effect. http://goo.gl/ES5sn

Now it’s easy to imagine and conclude that technology is harmful for the classroom but we should remember that students were equally distracted before all this. I remember carrying few magazines to wile away those boring classes in school and forwarding silly messages in college.Students will always invent ways to occupy themselves and fight classroom boredom.

The real takeaway here is that unless teachers invent ways to engage students, which is a lot easier if they embrace technology, students will invent their way out of boring instruction oriented classes.
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RamGopal Neerukonda, Evangelist - 6 years ago Edit
There are some universities making use off technology in the classrooms.ex. Projectors are very useful in explaining.These practices should be followed by the teachers and its teacher responsibility to make the classroom effective for the students
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Praveen Baratam, Maven - 6 years ago Edit
Well having projectors in class is not a novelty anymore, its a requirement. These devices such as projectors at the disposal of the teacher and laptops for every student is just one side of the story. The real challenge is bringing the right information to the classrooms and how the teacher uses it to impart the desired learning on the student. PPTs are just the beginning. What today's classrooms need is a Class Information Management System that doubles as a social learning tool.
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Praveen Baratam, Maven - 6 years ago Edit
Class Information Management System is the first idea to evolve out of conversations on Talkonomy! Hurrah! - http://www.talkonomy.com/topic/class-information-management-system
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Barney Lerten, Contributor - 3 years ago Edit
Yes! The whole idea - find more ways to make tech the valuable tool it can be and, like good eating crowds out bad, it'll minimize the negative impacts! Huzzah!
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Who taught you to read? Who was your companion in the years before school? Those are memories that will stay with me forever; memories the children of today are missing. Technology has dramatically changed the way we live, affecting everyone; taking its hardest hits on the young ones. Technology is great in ways, but not everyone sees the declining emotional and social effects it places on the ones who have grown up with it, the children. From toys to computers the children of today have been surrounded by technology,leaving a less than desirable outcome
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Nicholas Bc Shumate, Evangelist - 5 years ago Edit
@Praveen- You nailed it, especially here in America, Corporate Media has indoctrinated the true zombie apocalypse. It is astounding to see the amount of youth that flock towards celebrities that show way too much skin, dress like a prostitute and act like one, and teens don't see actresses, they see role models. Technology exposes them to it on a daily basis at all angles. It has become a war on the youth here, to degrade intelligence and produce an uninquisitive consumer...contd.
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Nicholas Bc Shumate, Evangelist - 5 years ago Edit
... For the bottom line. Technology like smart phones put the power of an endless portal of knowledge at our finger tips, but teens today use it for trivial things, more concerned with the latest facebook status than what has happened in the world that day. We need to find a way to reverse this bubble effect, maybe start in school by integrating smart phones into lessons?
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Praveen Baratam, Maven - 5 years ago Edit
@Nicholas - Media has become a spoiling force everywhere and not just in US. The concept of Class Information Management System evolved in a discussion here to integrate modern gadgets into the classroom learning experience and beyond. It can engage the youth inside and outside the classroom for a more constructive use of their time.
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Barney Lerten, Contributor - 3 years ago Edit
Every tool is a weapon, every weapon is a tool - we need to build on and use the tools to their maximum extent, think beyond the old ways - we rarely use our new tools to their full extent! I'll be talking here about my vision, The Now Edition, as a grand example - I don't want to 'buy' a static book, I want to be a member of a living topic info community!
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Are running shoes good enough? On one hand they protect our feet and soles and provide comfort but on the other hand they seem to change our natural running style and harm us in the long run.

While analyzing the running abilities of 'Tarahumara' tribe, who are incredible runners covering distances above 100 miles in a single stretch, a team of experts made a startling observation that running shoes may be affecting our running style and may lead to running related injury in the long term.

Below is a video excerpt of the documentary that says it all.

While this observation should not raise an alarm against use of running shoes it certainly throws a new challenge at those developing better shoes for runners.
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Praneeth Baratam, Evangelist - 6 years ago Edit
@Praveen, this is exactly what a few brands like Vibram and Fila are trying to achieve with their seemingly spooky but innovative line of minimalist shoes like the Five Fingers and Skele-Toes respectively. Now, how much do these designs really preserve the natural running style (mid-foot/fore-foot landing instead of heel-landing), I am not sure. Check these links - http://www.vibramfivefingers.com and http://www.amazon.com/Fila-Mens-Skele-Toes-EZ-Slide/dp/B005PLGOEA
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Praveen Baratam, Maven - 6 years ago Edit
It would be interesting to see how these new generation running gear fare against the old ones in the above test.
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Praneeth Baratam, Evangelist - 6 years ago Edit
I am no expert in the dynamics of running but being a physician with some penchant for physics, I can understand that fore-foot or mid-foot landing transfers the ground reaction into the longitudinal arch of the foot and the tension of the calf muscles. Whereas, heel-strike in my opinion transfers the ground reaction through the skeletal frame-work of the leg causing joint issues and stress fractures.
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Praneeth Baratam, Evangelist - 6 years ago Edit
Now all this is valid only if it can be proved that barefoot or minimalist running consistently involves mid/fore foot strike and not heel strike. I have come across some research that says that not all habitual barefoot runners use a fore/mid foot strike. So, the consistency of the hypothesis may not be valid to all populations.
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In the last few years many people have been making increasing use of laptops and many are now required to use them as a substantial part of their normal work routine.There are many effects due to improper handling of laptop

Hot Laptops Cause "Toasted Skin Syndrome"
Laptops Cause Cancer
Laptops Cause Infertility in Men

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/11/21/skin-cancer_n_785976.html
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Praveen Baratam, Maven - 6 years ago Edit
The probability of cancer from Laptop use is so miniscule that it can be ignored but Toasted Skin Syndrome and Infertility are for real and as a doctor I can attest these findings. I have personally experienced skin rashes from hot laptops and started using a laptop pad two years back.
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