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The disabilities of technology

Editorial

Dr. Tamaro J. Green

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2021-03-09 12:47:01 viewed: 94

 

Technology developments have been a tool in achieving calculations that were once challenges of the human.  With the assistance of technology, humans became capable of drawing conclusions and solving problems that were not simple for human minds.  Computers, first able to solve mathematical problems then ventured into other questions of problem solving.  Computers were given the challenge of storing and sharing information.  A lot of effort was sacrificed to increasing the capability of storing and sharing.  So much effort was given to this task that it became international competition.  It also became a field of study.  As these capabilities developed, it became a disability.  The storage and sharing of information now hinders progress in other areas.  Human and civil rights are now in jeoporady because of the storage and sharing of information.  Government, non-government organizations, and businesses are not able to function effectively because of the sharing and storage of information.  The sharing and storage of information has undermined authority and facilitated illicit activity.  Technology which was once designed to provide assistance to thought has now become a tool of destruction.  To reach this point, technology has had to transform through arenas where it has been molded for this pattern.  Technology was first designed as part of scientific research.  Early discoveries were then manipulated for military purposes.  After developments through the military, it was adopted by schools and universities as a way to deliver training.  Then technology was commercialized as a way to advertise and market.  The advantages of storage allowed for the practice of conducting business transactions.  Combining communication with the media allowed for social media.  Throughout all the area of technology, the parties of inclusion and exclusion molded it for their purpose.  Parties of inclusion designed and built it while parties of exclusion modified and remolded it.  Some parties such as the elderly, children, or disabled people never had much decision making in the design of technology.  The result was that technology was never designed for these parties.  Through all the modification, technology grew farther and farther from these parties.  As the audience of technology becomes more skewed, the intent of technology design becomes more obvious.  The path that technology follows becomes more and more dangerous as the designers are more elusive and exclusive.  The trend is reaching where a small group controls all the resources in technology and completely removes themselves from communication to the rest of the world.

 

Dr. Tamaro Green is a computer science researcher and the founder of TJG Web Services.  TJG Web Services, LLC is a consulting firm in the field of information technology.  Dr. Green writes on topics of privacy, security, and ethics in information technology and computer science.

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