The two big stories of last week were huge in terms of tech evolution, firstly a man who was helped to see after 10 years http://nydn.us/1EP7too with an implant into the rear of his eye connected via Wi-Fi to an external camera, this was uplifting, amazing and a great example of how technology can enable or re-enable us humans to go further, faster, better, "bring it on" I say from thought control prosthetic limbs to “electronic ears” plugged into a persons head. I see the need understand the massive impacts and human benefits.
Before my comment on the next story I must say I am a huge fan of technology, I wear a smart watch, I have smart TV’s and the lights in my home know when I am coming home from a geolocation trigger – so we can safely say early adopter, big tech fan, actually for those of you that know me that is a massive understatement I love tech enabling tech…
OK so onto the other story with possibly a bigger impact than the first story. The other story was Chrysler and the hacked Jeep http://bit.ly/1DIZrfI We are all hearing about connected cars, they can tell us when they need servicing, call the emergency service etc. all good stuff. Last week a Jeep was remotely hacked over the web, the stereo was tuned to a different station and turned up, the heating was turned up and then the hackers showed images of their faces on the screens in the car just before they disabled the brakes and took over the steering and send it down an embankment. So now 1.4 Million Cars are now being recalled. So why did this happen? Because some of the core issues with smart technology or enablement have not been addressed: SECURITY the drive to get connected has forgotten the risks.
So all doom and gloom? I think not, the Jeep was a great example of the digital gold rush and today there will not be a car technology person on the planet that has not checked their security or re-checked it, as with all technology we must walk then run. This goes back to the question of “enablement v’s handing over control”, for me enablement is normally customer driven, where as “handing over control” (Google, Amazon, Zero Effort Commerce etc.) tends to be company driven for new products and services. We (people in technology) should have learnt from past successes: listen to the consumer!, personally I have never heard a consumer say “I wish I could remotely disable my brakes on my car” I know dramatic but so is your brakes being switched off!
Don’t get me wrong I want a toaster that prints today’s weather, I want a smart house but I still want to be in control I want technology to make my life better not take control of it.