This week in Tech Times, we have interviewed two of Jamaica's popular bloggers with an interest in technology, Carlette DeLeon (CD) of http://carlettedeleon.blogspot.com/ and Dmitri Dawkins (DD) of http://dmitridawkins.com/, to share their views on technology's past, present and future.
Name one technology-based idea that you think has the potential to make your job/parish/Jamaica/ a better place.
CD: There are a lot of technology-based ideas in the fields of security and surveillance that has the potential to make Jamaica a better place. Too many to count. But I am watching the roll-out of synthetic DNA. Mark Shields and a team from the UK recently demonstrated a technology which, in effect, uniquely marks items for identification on recovery.
DD: Online Free Education, eg coursework platforms used by various international colleges and universities could be applied to the school systems in Jamaica to provide free learning for everyone.
What are your views on future employment with the changes in technology; all-in-one machines, robots etc?
CD: Technology can't replace talent. Humanity will learn to adapt and leverage our unique creative skills to new and exciting endeavours.
DD: These changes in technology could eliminate menial labour and the task of data entry so that we can make use of the intelligence we have stored up; allow the technology to do the work for us on improving quality.
Have advancements in technology scared you in any way?
CD: It's not the technology that is scary, it's the people who use it.
DD: Yes, in regards to privacy. Personal information that is posted on to social networks can be accessed by anyone and you never know who knows a back-end to these programs that can use your information against you or steal it.