Earlier, the basic human needs to survive were only air, water, food, and shelter. But now technology has been added to that list.
At present, humans can hardly survive without technology as it has become a basic necessity for the survival of all. There is not a single moment we are away from tech. Even while we are not using our smartphones or laptops, tech is surrounded all around us, and we are using it one way or another.
Technology is such an inseparable part of our life. So rather than just using it randomly, we need to understand its principles a bit. Technology is not just an industry now but a lot more than that today. It is transforming and shaping our lives. So, the following are the five things you must understand about technology: -
1. Tech Is Not Neutral
Whatever tech we use, the values of its creators are deeply rooted in every button, link, icon, etc. These developers hold the ability to change our behaviors and our life via their innovations. Their design, technical architecture, or business model can have a profound impact on our privacy, security, and even civil rights as users. For example: - If a particular software demands your image be uploaded in a square shape instead of a rectangle, it is actually the preference of its creator.
2. There Is No Escape From Tech
Tech is evolving at every minute, and it is making our lives easier and better. But with improvements, the risks are also increasing. Also, for some, the new tech may prove to be a blessing, while for some, it may turn out to be a curse. Regardless of a new tech being good or bad, tech is and will be there. If it’s good, it will spread. And if it has glitches, it will improve.
3. Tech History Is Poorly Documented And Poorly Understood
Though everything about tech is available on the internet, it is often nearly impossible to know why some technologies flourished and some withered. A lot of tech history has been erased, and the details of the failed attempts are missing. What problems were encountered or what problems did they cause has no proper record. Also, the names of many innovators have been erased from history before we created the myths around them.
Some questions are deliberately answered incorrectly or unclearly to show a sleek, seamless, inevitable progress in the tech world. But this way of showing tech history can have serious consequences when today’s tech creators do not learn from those who came before them, even if they want to.
4. Tech Doesn’t Belong To Just One Genius Creator
It happens that some people become the face of the tech. For example: - the name Steve Jobs comes to mind when anything associated with Apple comes up. But he was not the sole creator of the iPhone. It was the work of thousands of people behind it
5. The Revenue Of Most Of The Big Tech Companies Comes From…..
Advertising: the majority of the revenue of Google and Facebook comes from selling information about you to the advertisers. Almost every product of theirs is designed to extract as much information from you as possible. This helps them study your behavior, preferences, and search patterns to lure you to their sites or apps by showing you ads based on your activity.
Software: other giants like Microsoft, Oracle, and Salesforce exist to make money from other big companies that need business software for handling their employees or leads.
Services and Physical Products: Apple and Amazon carry out straightforward business models because you know exactly what you’re getting when buying their products or subscribing to their services. They want you to pay them for their products and the products that others sell in their store.