Technology is developing very quickly, and very many are looking forward to crazy new gizmos that appear and appear. Scientists along with industry leaders want to give (OK, sell) to us self-managed cars, immerse us in virtual reality even deeper, speed up travel, send to commercial space flight and so on.
And while most are looking forward to the emergence of new developments on the mass market, some people stop and think about what is happening. The fact is that without many of these technologies you can do absolutely calm, and in some cases they are frankly dangerous. Developing technologies can seriously complicate modern life, and also create more problems than they solve.
Self-governing cars and ethical issues
Self-governing cars, as many believe, is a giant wave that will wash us into the future. We did not wait for flying cars, but at least we will wait for cars that we no longer have to manage. At least that's what people think and the growing number of companies. However, there are many problems associated with self-managing cars that need to be resolved before they become a giant market and begin to eat off the share of conventional cars.
In addition to having to first make sure that they are safe and working correctly, it is also necessary to solve ethical problems. The question that many people ask is what decision will be programmed in the car, when he will choose between the lives of innocent citizens and those who are in the car. In a study published in the journal Science Magazine, which involved nearly 2,000 respondents, it turned out that although people believe that a car should be programmed to protect citizens, they also will not want to buy a car that will give priority to the lives of citizens, rather than passengers.
This puzzle seriously complicates the way of self-governing cars in the broad masses (sorry for the double pun). However, some experts believe that it is not so important what individual people think, and that much more is the protection of cars from hackers who can remotely access the car and cause terrible damage and destruction along the way.
Virtual Reality May Lead to Psychological Disorders
Virtual reality is a rapidly developing field. Companies like Oculus Rift are serious about the game world and feel particularly well in the medical field, where they help doctors and nurses learn new things without risking anyone's life. As this technology develops, it more and more immerses and, in some cases, can be very good and useful. And here, the better she immerses, the better.
However, if we talk directly about games, we can face all kinds of psychological disorders and problems in people who neglect their health. Even today, without any virtual reality, people die if they play for too long. Others deliberately let their lives derail due to gambling. When people get full immersion, some will find it very difficult to "get off" and there will be another type of serious attachment. They can easily lose touch with reality to such an extent that they will no longer distinguish games from life.
Unmanned pilots of people beset
Upright vehicles are becoming more common and will soon become quite an ordinary part of everyday life. Once upon a time, unmanned drones were giant planes, plowing air above the combat zone and dropping bombs on people in other countries. But today small flying drones can be bought in a regular store, and some companies plan to deliver products on drones. Soon we will be able to see drones delivering goods, watching the order in the streets and performing a variety of functions throughout the sky, all the time. Constant buzzing and bumping over your head will drive us crazy.
As you can see, commercial unmanned aerial vehicles that you can buy in the store often produce at least a little noise, and the more drones, the more noise. In the villages of Yemen, where you constantly have to deal with drones over your head, people literally go crazy – from a constant buzz anywhere can not hide. Unfortunately, if the delivery with the help of drones and other similar things will become ubiquitous, the drones will be buzzing in all the cities, day and night, never stopping and always watching.
Wind farms and solar farms kill wildlife
Solar and wind farms today are considered many fighters for the surrounding nature and experts as the most suitable for preserving the nature of the energy source. They are cleaner for the environment and almost inexhaustible, because neither the wind nor the sun will not go anywhere. But only because they are cleaner than coal, for example, and inexhaustible, it does not follow from this that they are ideal.
And although you may think that the "green" will be the biggest fans of wind and solar energy, environmental organizations are actually most concerned about the growth of these plants and simply spending time on studying the impact of these plants on the environment. The problem is that wind and solar farms destroy wildlife, animals, especially birds. Although research shows that wind energy kills less wildlife than coal, birds die, and the number of solar farms is not yet calculated. The problem is that birds see the solar array and think that this lake; they fly on it and burn down halfway. Many solutions have been proposed, but none of them has shown its effectiveness yet.
Commercial space flights can cause health problems
Space travel was once the privilege of several superpowers, but today many countries have already traveled to outer space, many countries have launched their own satellites, and private companies have taken the space in sight. Virgin Galactic develops its own "attractions" to visit space, and SpaceX Ilona Mask has already delivered the cargo into space and repeatedly landed a rocket. In the future, the company plans to deliver to space and astronauts, and ordinary citizens. And although anyone would like to briefly visit space, there are still many problems to be solved.
The problem is that staying in space is not very useful for your health. The reason why NASA takes on only the most physically hardy people is that space flight has a serious impact on the human body – astronauts are allowed to stay in space for a maximum of six months at a time. Time spent in space can reduce bone density, impair vision and cause other health problems. NASA and other experts are worried that fragile, old tourists with health problems are at risk of remaining in space forever, or seriously ill.
Rapid industrialization creates noise pollution
People quickly took over the industry and it developed rapidly over the past several hundred years, so that now the world looks no longer the way it was in those days. First the ships, and then the planes became an inseparable part of our life, and without trains and roads there would be no trade and such a busy life. From this, of course, it follows that fewer people in our world remain detached from it, but the environment also suffers.
Some people like to evaluate the physical side of industrial pollution, for example, chemicals, but they often forget about noise pollution. Just a few hundred years ago, most of the noise created by people simply did not exist. There were no planes, large factories and factories, not even radio. Everywhere reigned silence and tranquility (compared with modern times), and the activity of a major city at night simply stopped. You could find many places, free from the noise of people. Today it is almost impossible.
Some people have gone deep into the search for places where there are no people, settled in caves, but they are not able to get rid of people's noise for a long time. It is unlikely that this problem can be solved quickly enough and most likely it will only worsen.
Hyperloop may be hazardous to health
Ilon Mask is a very ambitious leader. He works not only on electric vehicles, but also constantly warns people about the dangers of artificial intelligence. He works on solar energy, owns a space corporation and wants to build a giant tube from Los Angeles to San Francisco that can transport people across the United States at a speed of 1,300 kilometers per hour. It will work like a maglev, but Mask wants to put them in a vacuum tube, eliminate air resistance and accelerate them to unprecedented speeds.
And yet, although it looks cool on paper, some see the idea of the problem. The main problem is that people can not and will not move this speed, even if they move in a straight line. At the same time making it absolutely straight will be almost impossible because of geological irregularities. Any push or problem with the vacuum will be catastrophic, because at a speed of 1300 kilometers per hour there will not even be a second to react. Mask also proposes to leave between the machines only eight kilometers, but this will mean that the capsules will sweep through every four seconds. Perhaps Hyperloop is more suitable for moving loads than people.
3D printers can be dangerous to the environment
3D printers have long been presented as a ticket to the future, but so far they have not presented anything out of the ordinary. This is partly because the technology is still quite expensive, in part because there are many prototypes in development. No one has yet figured out how to make a 3D printer a device available to the masses, not counting industrial use, and many companies are still looking for the most useful way to use them. And still, there is only a matter of time when 3D printers will appear literally in every home and will acquire many useful applications. As we get closer to this, we begin to face the environmental risks of using 3D printers.
Two problems are connected with them now; the first is emissions. Studies have shown that home-made 3D printers create roughly as many emissions per use as a cigarette. However, do not worry much, about the same amount creates an equivalent use of a gas stove. But the problem exists and needs improvement.
The second problem is that most 3D printers use a cheap plastic thread that is not biodegradable and very poor for the environment. It fills up the landfill and goes against the green movement, which is aimed at reducing the use of plastic. Although you can work on these problems before 3D printers become widespread, it's definitely not worth to forget about them.
Toy lasers blind pilots
Laser technology has developed so much that today we can easily get a laser pointer, put it on the palm and light, if necessary, a path with a laser. Sites across the Internet sell cheap lasers that can beat at incredible distances and have striking power. For many technology lovers, an old dream has come true. Lasers can be given to children, but the problem is that lasers are not a toy, but technologies that can be dangerous. Children can blind themselves or others, or permanently damage their eyes if they shine a laser in the eye. And this, of course, everything is not limited.
Many people, by ignorance or specially, illuminate aircraft with lasers. Most often it does harm. Sometimes lasers can reach the cockpits and dazzle pilots, which makes landing difficult. Worse yet, this may be the end of a career, because if a pilot looks at laser glare for too long, he can forever lose his sight, and even a partial loss of vision will put an end to his career. Pointing to a laser on a plane is considered a crime in the United States, and in other countries too it is prohibited. Do not point the laser at cars, planes, shine people in faces and so on.
The Internet became the promised land for evil people
The Internet changed the world very quickly. Today, when we wake up, we first reach for the smartphone, and do not get out of bed. We want to know the news. We want to know what our friends did while we were sleeping. Virtually any information can be extracted from your pocket. Knowledge has become more accessible than ever, and people are more connected at a distance and at the same time more divided when they meet. And of course, for society, the Internet became a double-edged sword.
People who were pedophiles or had such addictions earlier found themselves in an environment that blamed it, or at least did not encourage it. But the Internet has changed this. Pedophiles and other vicious, lascivious groups can now find millions of people with similar interests, because the whole world is now tied together into one. They can exchange photos and stories about their evil adventures, and also support each other in what they do. They justify their own sick behavior. Not only pedophiles, but also any other evil group of mad people can find like-minded people, come together and support each other. And this is unfortunate.