Experts Warn: Justice System Threatened by Technology
Lawyers are reporting the possible problem of staging evidence by simply using technology or any social media platform. According to a cyber-psychology expert, Dr. Mary Aiken:
“I get very worried when I see convictions based on cell tower pings and mobile phone text messages when both of these are eminently hackable.”
Human behavior is changing because of technology and our justice system is struggling to keep up. We live in a world where we are close to being able to replicate DNA and the law is not keeping up with all the changes we are facing. Also, something simple as false text messages that can be created on people’s phones, or false photos and videos. Furthermore, often unverified and checked social media comments can have a great impact on people involved in any investigation. This leads to our main problem where people find their news on Facebook. Platforms like Facebook and YouTube should be held responsible for any material presented on their platforms.
Another popular example is the potential meddling of Russia where we had alleged attempts of using the internet and especially social media platforms to influence our political opinion in the latest elections in the US and UK. Finding resolution for these issues is a real challenge for democracy in the 21st century.
France and Germany Pushing EU to Fund Technology Start-ups
France and Germany are recognizing the importance of technology start-ups for the economy of the European Union. These two countries are pushing for an EU initiative to fund innovation and technology start-up projects, so Europe can compete with countries such as the United States and China. Europe is not able to follow trends when it comes to technological innovations like the US, a country that has a strong venture capital industry funding Silicon Valley start-ups.
Europe did not develop a risk-taking culture and was not able to create an European Google. One of the main reasons why Europe never made this step was the fear of failure that can carry more stigma towards Europe.
Berlin and Paris presented a paper to European Union leaders at the Balkan summit saying:
“A joint effort is also needed to further improve the venture capital environment and regulations to allow successful market transfer of breakthrough innovations, as well as the foundation and growth of disruptive deep technology companies in Europe.”
The goal is to create a network to bring breakthrough innovations in technology and science to the marketplace.
France promised to spend €1.5 billion which is approximately $1.75 billion on artificial intelligence by 2022 to catch up with the dominant US and Chinese tech giants in this area.
Germany and France want their projects to be focused on tech leaders in academia as well as small and medium entrepreneurs who need more funding in their high-risk projects.
The Technology Invasion is Here
The invasion of technology from sci-fi movies is already here, however, it seems we are not fully noticing it. A recent survey revealed that almost 60% of teenagers are addicted to their electronic devices.
This is a scary statistic, but it’s not only about teenagers and young adults, their parents are caught up as well. According to the same research, 40% of parents admitted they are addicted to their devices. It’s important to stress that the survey was based on a self-report which means that the numbers could only be higher.
Considering the technology expansion of the past few decades, we should not be surprised that so many young and older people are reporting they are addicted to their devices.
Technology is changing our world in a great way, for better and for worse. To deal with the negative effects of technology on an individual basis is not a good plan. Addiction to our devices and technology could be a problem for our future. Dealing with this issue now can help us put a problem in perspective so we can develop healthy alternatives for young people and adults.