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Do we Depend on Technology Too Much? 



Depend on Technology Too Much

From the moment our ancestors used sticks to poke at termite mounts or threw rocks at predators, our species has been fundamentally tied to the technologies that we use. As time went on, humanity became increasingly tied to the items we forge and create, and society itself was built and maintained with the tools in our arsenal. Now at our technological peek, have we grown to depend on technology too much for our own good? 

The use of tools and technologies is what distinguishes us from other creatures on earth. It is what allowed us to leave the caves and conquer the planet. It was the simple pointy stick called a spear that allowed us to take on beasts much larger and more vicious than us. It was the bronze and iron found on earth that we forged into tools that helped us tame the land and provide for our ever-expanding populations. Is that relationship an example of over-dependence on technology, or would it be more appropriately described as a symbiotic relationship, like that of a bee and a flower? 

Let Us Define Dependence on Technology 

There is a difference between the way our ancestors dealt with technology and the way we deal with it today. If an ancient lumberjack’s ax broke or was lost, he could use stones until he found enough in to forge another. If a huntsman’s spear were to break, all it takes is a stick, and some pitch, and natural glue, all found within his immediate vicinity, to make another and continue the hunt. If a farmer’s harvest failed, the forests and fields surrounding his land would accommodate him.  

The point here is that while ancient technology greatly amplified human capabilities, there was more versatility and, therefore, survivability. Modern-day humans wouldn’t outright die off overnight if the electric grid were to go dark, but most modern industries would most definitely grind to a halt. 

As Individuals, Do We Depend on Technology Too Much? 

We have defined what dependence on technology means in this context, but that does not make it any less broad of a concept. Technology has weaved its way into every aspect of our lives, ones that our grandparents could never have imagined, and this has irreversibly changed the way we deal in everyday life. Going one day without your smartphone is an event that you will tell all your friends about. Losing access to the internet basically means losing access to the rest of humanity, apart from your roommates, spouse, or parents. 


Studies have long shown that people have become increasingly anti-social with the increased use of social media. Many members of the younger generations place greater importance, or at least a greater emphasis, on their social media following than they do on their real-life friendships and connections, with many stating that they lack close and intimate relationships. This fact illustrates how deeply ingrained modern communication technologies are in our lives and relationships. 


I’m willing to bet that the last time you went to the library was when you had absolutely no choice and had to pick up a book for a university course or something of the sort. How many of us would know how to live without Google or YouTube if we did want to learn new skills to increase our self-sufficiency.  No doubt we depend on technology too much to source our information.

 A Macro Look at Human Dependence on Technology 

Technology is disruptive by nature. It changes the way we do things, and if we don’t change with it, the world will not wait around. Instead, we either get swept up by the tide or be left behind and drown; such is the way of progress. 

Companies that use Artificial Intelligence (AI) in their work will always work more efficiently than those that do things the traditional way. Organizing your data using physical papers and files instead of using an excel sheet is professional and business suicide. Such technologies are considered basic today, but we are heading in a direction that cracks up technological dependence to a new level. With the advent of industry 4.0 technologies and the sheer amount of efficiency that comes with it is impossible to resist and counterproductive to ignore. 

As time goes on, more industries lean more heavily on technology to do their most basic tasks. What happens when autonomous vehicles stop working, or the AI that underpins an entire organization’s productivity cycle malfunctions and starts making wrong decisions? 

What happens when the smart Internet of Things (IoT) systems that farm our fields shut off or when our map apps stop working? Will we forget how to live without the complex underpinning that props up our economies? Will the spread of industry 4.0 lead us to depend on technology too much? 

Certainly, if the world was to go dark one day, most people in both developed and developing nations would be in quite a pickle, especially those countries with a more urbanized population, which is most countries at this point. 

Eight billion people cannot simply go up and move to the nearest forest and start harvesting fruits, hunting animals, and planting crops overnight. There would be a period of absolute chaos, starvation, and violence before those who embrace self-sufficiency rise from the ashes and find stability. Those who have lived their entire lives in urban settings with no clue of how to live off the land would have the worst of it, and even those in rural areas would struggle. 

The global agricultural industry is as dependent on global logical versatility as those working in offices, as fertilizers necessary for farming the land are often not locally sourced. Rural dwellers would still have a much better chance, as the knowledge of animal husbandry, farming and self-sustainability is already there, but without the internet, how many of us can honestly learn fast enough to survive, and even then, we would be competing with everyone else over limited land and resources. 

Apocalyptic scenarios aside, if we take a look at history, it is those with the most versatile, adaptable, and fast-changing civilizations that survived the tests of time. The famous bronze age collapse did not happen for a single factor but a combination of factors that all culminated in the greatest civilizational collapse in history that we know of.   

We do have some commonalities today with those of ancient times, but that does not mean we are prone to collapse. We are faster, smarter (in terms of data), more versatile, and adaptable. We are also much bigger and richer, so a straightforward societal collapse remains a thing of fiction. 

However, the past is a cautionary tale. If we continue to depend on technology too much and build said technology on an increasingly delicate globalized system, we may struggle to maintain our prosperity at the point of contention. Still, we did pass through a global pandemic and came out alright, so there is that. 

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What are the Ethical Issues in Biometrics?



Ethical Issues in Biometrics

What is biometric identification? It is the process through which unique biological characteristics are used in biometric identification to recognize and validate a person. These characteristics can be found in facial traits, eye structures, DNA, fingerprint patterns, and even handwriting. All this data that can be gathered on an individual inevitably brings up the ethical issues in biometrics that need to be addressed.

Facial recognition and fingerprint scans were previously the domain of security, and they were utilized for identification and law enforcement. However, increasingly more business and civil applications are using biometrics authentication. Due to this increased use, it is crucial to address the moral and ethical issues in biometrics when used in the creation of new application and technology.

Applied biometrics and corporate ethics have received little empirical study despite the widespread use of biometric technologies. As a result, there is plenty of room for future study to help us better comprehend the moral consequences of adopting this technology.

This article examines the ethical concerns associated with the use of biometric technology on the use of biometrics for non-security applications as well as the moral ramifications for business.

Ethical Issues in Biometrics and Privacy

Biometric data takes privacy concerns to a whole new level that typical data gathering only touches on. Digital identities can be forged, and anonymity on the web can be maintained to a degree if you know how. Also, digital data can be deleted – if we forget that Meta (Facebook) has been revealed to store deleted data, which is an ethical concern in itself.

The problem with biometric data is that it is unforgeable, unconcealable, and permanent, You can’t change your eye structure, your fingerprint, or your facial features. Big tech companies already have your face, fingerprints, and your voice recorded and stored via current biometric authentication systems – mainly used for unlocking your phone. That data will be there forever, and there is little that people can do about it besides avoid it In the first place.

While many companies still give users the option of using a good old fashion passcode to unlock their phones, as technology as a whole tends to do, the biometric alternative is slowly gaining more traction, and will one day become the norm, as it is hard to argue its convenience and security. You can’t accidentally leave your eyeball at home or forget your fingerprint. But in the same sense, you can’t change it. If your childish curiosity while browsing the web put a black spot on your record, there’s no changing that.

Therein lies the question of who if anyone should have access to such data. Today’s tech giants have all our data in their hands, that won’t change with the spread of biometric verification methods. Indeed, it will only increase targeting capabilities.

While the collection of biometric data on its own does not necessarily mean it will be shared, monetized, or abused in any way, it never the less requires clear and strict guidelines and regulations to be implemented around it. There are too many things that can be abused by the wrong party when the ethical issues in biometrics are not taken seriously, and if such limitations are not applied stringently.

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Oppo Reno 8 and Reno 8 Pro: Specs and Comparison   



Oppo Reno 8

The Reno line of smartphones has always had a fantastic camera and an attractive design. The Reno 8 and 8 Pro include a 120Hz AMOLED display, the newest Dimensity chipsets, 80W fast charging, a 32-megapixel front camera, and triple 50-megapixel back cameras, among other notable features that make the Oppo Reno 8 and Reno 8 Pro high-quality yet affordable option for anyone. 

Here we compare the two latest Oppo phone series iterations and see what to expect from the flagship Oppo smartphone, and how the Oppo Reno 8 and the Oppo Reno Pro stack up against each other. 

Oppo Reno 8 Specifications 

The Oppo Reno 8 has a smaller 6.43-inch full-HD+ AMOLED display with a resolution of 1,080 by 2,400 pixels, a 90Hz refresh rate, and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. It also runs Android 12 with ColorOS 12.1 on top. Additionally, the display has an 800 nits maximum brightness and a 20:09 aspect ratio. An octa-core MediaTek Dimensity 1300 SoC, up to 8GB of LPDDR4x RAM, and up to 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage are all found within the Oppo smartphone. 

The Reno 8 has a triple back camera configuration for pictures and movies, with a 50-megapixel main sensor and an f/1.8 lens as its focal point. Additionally, there is a 2-megapixel macro camera with a 112-degree field of view and an 8-megapixel sensor coupled with an f/2.2 ultra-wide angle lens. 

The Reno 8 offers 5G, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth v5.3, GPS/A-GPS, NFC, and a USB Type-C connector as connection options. An accelerometer, light, gyroscope, magnetometer, and a proximity sensor are among the sensors on board. For biometric verification, the phone also has a fingerprint sensor hidden behind the display. A 4,500mAh battery inside the Oppo Reno 8 supports 80W Super Flash Charge quick charging. The phone weighs 179 grams and has dimensions of 160 x 73.4 x 7.67mm. 

Oppo Reno 8 Pro Specifications 

A 6.7-inch full-HD+ (1,080×2,412) AMOLED display with up to 120Hz refresh rate and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection is included with the Oppo Reno 8 Pro. Running on top of Android 12 is ColorOS 12.1. Additionally, the display supports HDR10+ and is certified by Netflix HD, Amazon HDR, SGS Low Motion Blur, and SGS Low Blue Light. The MediaTek Dimensity 8100-Max SoC, which has eight cores, and up to 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM power the smartphone. Storage on the Oppo Reno 8 Pro is UFS 3.1 capable of up to 256GB. 

The Oppo Reno 8 Pro boasts a triple rear camera arrangement with a 50-megapixel Sony IMX766 main sensor and an f/1.8 lens, an 8-megapixel sensor and an ultra-wide lens with an f/2.2 aperture and a 112-degree field of view, and a 2-megapixel macro camera with an f/2.4 aperture. Along with the MariSilicon X NPU, the phone’s camera will offer generally better performance in both bright and dim light. It has a 32-megapixel front-facing camera sensor with an f/2.4 lens for taking selfies and making video calls. 

The phone has 5G, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth v5.3, GPS/A-GPS, NFC, and a USB Type-C connector as connectivity options. An accelerometer, a light meter, a gyroscope, a magnetometer, and a proximity sensor are among the sensors built into the phone. For biometric authentication, the phone also contains a fingerprint sensor underneath the touchscreen. The smartphone has a 4,500mAh battery that supports rapid charging at 80W Super Flash Charge. The phone weighs 183 grams and has dimensions of 161 x 74.2 x 7.34mm. 

Both the Oppo Reno 8 and Reno 8 Pro are prime smartphones that can fit any user’s preferences and can be considered premium smartphones on the cheaper side. If you like photography, you will be satisfied with the level of quality overall, but keep in mind that neither phone is particularly water resistant, so be careful where you take it.  

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Electric Cars vs Gas Cars: How do They Compare Today



Electric Cars vs Gas Cars

Many prefer the rumbling ‘vroom’ of a gasoline car to the soft hum of an electric vehicle, while others would rather just be satisfied in the knowledge that they are lessening their carbon footprint. Let’s look at the cold hard facts however, and compare electric cars vs gas cars

Electric Cars vs Gas Cars: Components

The amount of moving components is an important distinction between electric and gasoline-powered automobiles. While a gasoline-powered car contains hundreds of moving components, an electric vehicle just has one, the motor. Another significant distinction is that the electric car has fewer moving components. The electric car is more dependable and needs less routine maintenance. The maintenance needed for a gasoline-powered car ranges from routine oil changes, filter replacements, tune-ups, and exhaust system repairs to less frequent component replacements including water and fuel pumps, alternators, and so on.

Electric Cars vs Gas Cars: Maintenance

The expenses associated with maintaining an electric car are reduced since there are less maintenance requirements. The shaft, the only moving component of the electric motor, is extremely dependable and needs little to no maintenance. The controller and charger are electrical devices that require minimal to no maintenance because they have no moving components. Modern sealed lead acid batteries are maintenance free and utilized in electric cars nowadays. However, these batteries have a finite lifespan and will eventually need to be replaced. New batteries are being developed to increase the range of electric cars as well as the battery pack’s lifespan, perhaps eliminating the need to replace the battery pack throughout the course of the vehicle’s lifespan.

Electric Cars vs Gas Cars: Efficiency

In addition to being simpler and less expensive to repair than gasoline-powered vehicles, electric vehicles are also more cost-effective to run. The electric car will drive roughly 43 miles for $1 based on the efficiency of 3 miles/kwhr and the cost of power at 7 cents per kwhr. The gasoline-powered car will go roughly 18 miles based on the average gas mileage of 22 miles per gallon and the price of gasoline at $1.25 per gallon. As a result, an electric car may drive more than twice as far on a dollar’s worth of petrol.

Where Electric Falls Behind

There are still a number of difficulties for the owner of an electric car despite the fact that it will be less expensive to operate and maintain.

The primary issue is the restricted range offered by existing battery technology. The amount of driving distance possible utilizing the current batteries is between 50 and 150 miles. These ranges are being extended by new battery technologies, and prototypes of these batteries have shown ranges of up to 200 miles between recharging. Solar powered charging stations are being implemented in numerous places to decrease range anxiety towards electric vehicles

The lack of qualified service professionals to repair and maintain electric cars is another issue that faces their owners. A two-year associate degree program has been developed to train high school graduates to become proficient electric vehicle technicians, and training programs are being developed and made available to upgrade the conventional automotive technician with the skills needed to maintain an electric vehicle.

Infrastructure to recharge the batteries is also required. The most important component of the infrastructure for recharging already exists: electric power is accessible practically everywhere. To support the electric car, it is still necessary to guarantee that charging stations with the right sorts of service (i.e., maximum voltage and current) are placed in important areas. Plans must also be made.

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