Social and Ethical Impacts of Technology Essay

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Technology develops by the day making it difficult to sometimes keep up with the drift. For instance, Apple may release an iPhone 4S today that has the software capabilities to act on every command by the user and next thing the iPhone 5 is said to be released with rumours that it does things beyond imagination. This is just one of many examples of how the world of Technology continues to grow and nurture into the world we live in today and change the way we live and view things. A video published by TED Global sometime in 2011 gives an idea of what is to be expected in the near future. Harald Haas, a pioneer behind new technologies associated with light bulbs has come to grounds with a potential project that could change the way we communicate. Imagine a light bulb that transmits data wirelessly. This is a concept beyond imagination that has been put into reality by Dr Haas who has proved this with the observation of bear eyes. This method of data transmission is called Sim OFDM (subcarrier-index modulation orthogonal frequency division multiplexing) (Wireless Data From Every Light Bulb, 2009). By reflecting the light from a single LED, a change too quick for the human eye to detect, he can transmit far more data than a cellular tower, and do it in a way that's more efficient, secure and widespread. This method developed is probably the most efficient in the sense that it would lead to a more cleaner, greener and even a brighter future. In essence, it would be of great use to everything, in particular hospitals, aircrafts, cars, homes, essentially anywhere there is light. An interesting fact is that if you see the world today, light is present in most parts. Nevertheless, there are challenges that come with Sim OFDM which is that of capacity, efficiency, availability and most importantly security. With an open mind forward thinking, this slowly evolving

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