Posts Tagged ‘Elina Kresa’

Internet of things is getting more and more into our everyday lives.  Somehow it seems scary, but on the other hand – it makes your life easier.

That’s not a secret –  people can be very forgetful: to close the doors, to switch off the lights, to regulate heating system by leaving the house. So technology has been made to resolve and control these “problems” with your smart phones, tabletes or computers. Just like a remote control.

NEXIA home intelligence system uses the latest wireless technology  known  as Z-Wave that has become a standard in home automation.

More information about Nexia

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For sure, everyone of us have been in situations when you are in the middle of writing an important document on your PC and suddenly the desktop turns black because computer run out of electricity. I can still imagine that anger of the moment. You too?

Anyway, desires has been heard. In 2007 a team of physicists validated their theories about novel method of wireless electric power transfer experimentally. It sounds so easy – transferring electric energy or power over distance without wires. As we all are so accustomed to electricity, in future you shouldn’t  get worried about siting in your room doing nothing because of some energy loss. The key word here – WiTricity!

In relation with internet of things I see a significant connection here that could and will change our perceptions about everyday life.

Below into info graphic it’s explained better how it works:

For those who are more interested in this “turn of future” (which is developing already), I offer a scientific article  here. And of course – www.witricity.com

It has been discussed a lot since the creation of Google Street View about the privacy problems of that program.  Thanks to an algorithm the problem is solved. What that algorithm does is to recognize the faces and the registration plates of the cars and then the program erase them automatically.

Here  is a demonstration about how Street View works after aplying this new algorithm.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UpuGG2vvDIc

This program has been created because of the hundred thousands complains from differents users accusing Google of not respecting their privacy. Germany has required Google to respect the privacity of people, creating a law to regulate the data of the german users.

Discorse about privacy legislation on Google Street View takes place also in other countries like USA or UK . If you are more interested in, you can have a look to this good case study :

http://studentorgs.law.smu.edu/getattachment/International-Law-Review-Association/News/Archive/Student-Working-Papers/InternationalPrivacy.pdf

In all western countries there’s a big decline in amount of people voting in elections and referendum. There’s not enough discussion between politicians and citizens. Is there anything to be done for this situation?

The online participatory democracy or e-democracy could be a way how to involve people to make decisions concerning their society. The evolution of new media and technology makes it possible to break the chains of time and space and therefore it’s not maybe compulsory to have people representing you in desicionmaking when you can get involved yourself through the internet. There’s new ways and internet platforms to motivate people to participate in the public debates and decisionmaking.

For example in Latvia there is an internet platform called My Voice where people can petiton for policy changes. It has already made an impact on Latvian policy – some citizen requests has been discussed in Latvian Saeima (parlament). More information about this case you can find here

There is also tendencies in other countries to ensure citizens participate in e-democracy:

Reference:

e-Democracy and Participatory Decision Processes: Lessons from e-Negotiation Experiments

3D Printing is a new way to transport and manufacture products. It’s breaking down the consumptions about the time and space. One can for example send a model of a product to another country in a digital form instead of sending the product itself. Just press the enter to save time and resources. Nowdays (not only in business) it’s ALL about searching the alternatives to benefit.

On the other hand, even though 3D Printing has it’s benefits, it can reduce the need of labour and that way increase the unemployment.

The professionals believe the year 2012 will become the breakthrough of 3D Printing.

3D Printing can be used in different fields. For instance in medicine to create new artificial limbs.

References:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/14/technology/14print.html

Structural evaluation of scaffolds prototypes produced by three-dimensional printing