Technology: Risk Versus Reason
The matter of morality is often brought up in conversations about new and old technology, and the gadgets that we use. Often times it is not even a matter of morality but whether it’s lawful or not to collect the data of users, and even if it’s lawful, there is another question often imposed: “How is that data being used?”
Technology companies are not established like retail and banking companies, where rules were established a long time ago and they must be followed by any such business. Not everything and anything should be done in the name of the money and profit. However, more than often laws seem to not be clear enough.
Wherever we go, our data is being collected and used or misused for usually monetary purposes. There is a question of psychological impact that certain technologies have on us and users are left on their own when we talk about the negative impact of technology. “Don’t use it,” they often say. However, something like that would never be said about a bank that’s breaching its rules and boundaries. If a medication has a negative effect, we don’t simply advise for everyone to stop using it, hoping that everyone will listen to our wise advice. There are consequences, and money is not that holy in different sectors. We need technology; however, human development is something that we have to think about when we develop a new gadget or device.
Uber is Developing Technology that Could Tell if a Client is Drunk
Uber is working on developing technology which could determine if a user is drunk or high. The system would be able to identify if someone is displaying drunk behavior by looking into small changes in their behavior as they use the app over the time. The system will use a user’s walking speed, the angle at which the user holds the phone, unusual typos and if a phone is swaying.
According to Uber, the patent application would be able to “predict user state using machine learning.” The application could suggest the way Uber might tailor their services such as directing that particular user to a better-lit pickup point or matching a user with a diver who is trained to deal with drunk passengers.
While Uber is talking about the exciting app and safety measures for intoxicated passengers, the patent app shines a light on Uber’s data and the way they collect information. Furthermore, this poses the question of how our information is being used or abused by Uber and similar applications collecting data on their users.
Uber was already been in the spotlight in October 2016 due to some abuse of data collected by the app.
Uber’s “God View” tool showed the location of users who requested a car and it was abused by some of their employees to track the location of their ex-boyfriends or ex-girlfriends or to track the location of celebrities and politicians.
New Technology Can See Your Body Through Walls
Recently, the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory created a system that could detect a body through walls, recreating any poses made such as walking, sitting or standing still. How? According to a press release:
“The researchers use a neural network to analyze radio signals that bounce off people’s bodies, and can then create a dynamic stick figure that walks, stops, sits and moves its limbs as the person performs those actions.”
The system could be used for healthcare where passive monitoring of a subject could be used without cameras or any other intrusions. The system used in healthcare could give vital information to a healthcare professional. Of course, the subjects’ consent should be mandatory.
Artificial intelligence created can’t really see through walls, but it has knowledge of movement from the other side. Once the system detects the body from the other side it can follow its movement and recreate every move made without any mistakes.
Researchers are already looking into using the system for other commercial purposes. For now, the healthcare system seems like a great option for applying the new found technique.