WTF is ICT?

Today, at class we were challenged to pick a global issue to talk about and one of my classmates came up with this word that I had no idea I was so involved.

The wiki definition for Information and Communication Technology is “an extended term for IT, which stresses the role of unified communications”. Technologies are helping us to keep in touch with our family and friends, check the weather forecast – not so precisely yet helpful, make the economy grow and so on. So, why is it a global issue?

Although it’s 2017, only 48% of the world is connected to the Internet and the majority are teenagers and young adults living in the Americas, Europe and Asia.

If we check the literacy rates, we are going to see the reflection of the same old problem: developed countries have more resources to build the bridges to information.

 

Will you let yourself be replaced by a robot?

Today I was browsing my old blog posts and I remembered that I’ve written about LifeNaut, a system of A.I. that learns with your help how to be just like you.

We know that robots are already taking jobs away from humans who do automated tasks because they do it more precisely, faster and cheaper. But they are getting smarter, being able to analyze a large amount of data and make hard decisions for us based on statistics.

Why do you have to worry

It’s a matter of time until androids start doing things that we thing they would never do – or not as efficient as humans, but there is already a tool to calculate how likely you are of losing your job for a machine. If you think about the past years, we needed to learn how to use computers and smartphones to keep up with most of the jobs in our fields. Do you know any architect who doesn’t know how to use AutoCAD or a designer who never used Photoshop? Me neither.

They are here to satisfy you

It may sound like science fiction, but some humans give more attention to their metal and glass devices than to themselves. The number of people being killed because of the misuse of smartphones are rising and it makes us think how them became so crucial in our lives. We all know someone who immediately change their humor if their gadgets run out of battery.

Another thing that is scaring the hell out of me is how complex artificial intelligence is getting. The algorithms are connecting the dots of what you like, what you watch, what you write and even where you go to deliver content that you may be interest of. No one knows you better than your smartphone and it can be very pleasant or very creepy.

How to survive to the robot uprise

New technologies arrive everyday for some good and we must know how rule them. They are far from making a machine as complex as we are and that gives us time to get more advantages. We are able to make decisions based not only on numbers and data, but we have the ability to feel empathy and love for our specie.

Skilled workers in Japan are being reintegrated to their jobs taken by robots because they weren’t programmed for just some tasks. My best advice is: don’t became a dinosaur.

Porque deixei de te seguir

Parar de seguir, silenciar, esconder atualizações ou desfazer a amizade parece ser um pouco complicado quando você gosta muito de alguém, mas não suporta o que ela posta na Internet. Dói saber que não somos correspondidos, especialmente quando o ambiente permite que essa informação fique bem evidente.

As redes sociais estão começando a refletir, cada vez mais detalhadamente, o comportamento de uma sociedade que se alimenta do próprio ego. Ainda há uma ilusão de que aqui é terra sem lei e que qualquer comentário ofensivo é apenas liberdade de expressão.

Um dos motivos que eu amo o universo online é que ele te oferece uma vasta gama de conteúdo e ainda te permite escolher quais você quer ver. Trabalho com tecnologias e fica difícil acompanhar todas as novidades desse mercado e ler todos os posts motivacionais que vocês compartilham na timeline. Então eu tenho que fazer minhas escolhas.

“O botão do unfollow é logo alí”

Sempre evitei apertar o botão que pode levar à terceira guerra mundial – imaginem se a primeira dama dos EUA parasse de seguir seu marido no Twitter. Algumas redes sociais hoje oferecem uma solução para ignorar seus amigos que fazem questão de demonstrar a falta de empatia com as minorias, evitando que você “desfaça a amizade” com eles.

Só acho que não estou sendo sincero ao manter alguém que não traz nada relevante pro que eu tenho interesse de ver por aqui. O Facebook sabe disso e aprende, a partir dos meus likes, o que eu quero ver, mas eu não aceito um algoritmo fazendo isso por mim. Quero continuar tendo essa liberdade de seguir apenas o que me interessa, sem a obrigação de ter alguém no meu círculo de amigos online por conveniência.

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