The Norms and Limits of Technology
Although we might not be aware of it, our society has been suffering from screen addiction in the past few years. We are glued to our iPhones, iPads, and computers, always busy to stay updated on the latest events in the world, social media, finding more or less creative ways to spend in front of the screen. The question that we all have to answer is what is the perfect balance between the benefits of screen time and the harm caused by spending too much time in front of our screens.
When you think about it, it is not really profitable to create apps that are not addictive? Companies are trying to develop an addiction when building apps to make a profit. What are the norms and limits of technology? Should we finally create rules to protect people and their mental and social health? The question of morality has been raised in the past few years especially in a time when we are overwhelmed by fake news, and it’s hard to determine what is true and what is not?
We need a new lifestyle model, where spending less time in front of the screen would be considered cool and hip. However, it’s not easy to create a culture where the profit of big companies would be jeopardized. Silicon Valley is not interested in creating a social zeitgeist where we would be drawn away from their products.
Technology will Give Homes A New Look
Today, you can do anything online: buy a new home or shop for the unique interior design of your new home. Here technology leads us to more transparent and accessible platforms that used to be highly exclusive. Tech companies are more involved in the real estate industry, creating sophisticated gadgets which are increasingly used in housing markets for sellers, buyers and real estate professionals.
Specific technologies are particularly significant for the future of real estate from smart homes, virtual reality, renewable energy, and drones are shaping the real estate landscape.
Smart homes are most likely the future of our living. Smart homes have automated lighting, programmable thermostats, Wi-Fi connected security systems, smart TVs, light bulbs and control modules such as Amazon Echo, which allows us to check the weather and stream music with the home automation system. The goal is to make our life easier, our expenses reduced and our safety increased. According to the Coldwell Banker survey, 40% of homeowners said they are willing to invest $3,000 or more to have the smart home technology to sell their homes faster. Still, all elements needed for a full smart home experience can cost approximately $5,000 which is affordable only to those homeowners who can afford to have a smart home.
Atlantis Casino Resort Spa Uses New Technology to Save Water
Atlantis Casino Resort Spa has a partnership with Israeli Water Tech Company, WaterStart and WINT trying to use new technology to save water. The project has been based on Atlantis using WINT’S technology that uses algorithms to identify better and analyze water flow, to decrease water costs and prevent potential water damage.
Perry Sanders, Director of Facilities at Monarch Casinos said: “This is the first in Reno; it’s a first in Nevada, it’s a first in the United States. This is literally cutting-edge technology that hasn’t been tried in the U.S. or Europe yet.”
Workers installed about two dozen smart meters a month ago. Once the meters are installed, they are designed to run an algorithm for 90 days to analyze the property’s usage patterns. If meters detect anything different, they immediately notify engineers. Sanders said: “We get an alert to our phone, where anything outside of our normal usage, albeit a leak, maybe somebody has left a tap running, so we can immediately respond and conserve our water.”