Could Predictive Tech Take Us In The Wrong Direction?

Google Now is something that I have recently explored on my Smartphone and I have to say it’s pretty impressive and extremely fast. Not only can I ask directions to a destination I need to get to, I can also find out when my next appointment is, what it suggests for me to have for dinner, or which movie recommendation I should go for (and that’s just an example, you can pretty much ask anything!)

Predictive tech is getting smarter and more pervasive — but more controversial, too
We’re seeing the biggest change in how we interact with computers in years. And it’ll mean much less input from you. Apps like Google Now, Tempo AI, and others represent the first wave of “predictive technology.”

With all the suggestions that predictive tech can make to us, how can we ensure that the right information is being put forward to us. These applications are reading our minds in a way, and inviting us to explore things that they predict we may find of interest. But could this be used in a more persuasive manner in the future. A form of propaganda? Maybe I’m just being over paranoid.

It is fascinating, and I know I will engage more with the technology. These are exciting times, but for someone like me who likes to over think EVERYTHING then I’m possibly a little skeptical. Everything links to everything these days, which is extremely useful, but you also want to make sure you have privacy settings in place.

Evolving, pervasive technology raises privacy concerns – Scranton Times-Tribune
With the right apps, your phone warns of traffic jams and details store sales and travel deals. Beyond the apps, a phone can collect your favorite music, take pictures and notes, record conversations, send texts and pictures and keep track of your stocks.

An interesting article to consider and a little thought provoking. Make sure your cell phone or tablet is not just protected from physical damage, but also internally too. Keep safe and secure and up to date with the latest technology and releases. Be on the ball with who you share your data with. Let’s use these developments for the positive.