Eric Ho G7 Big Data Essay
According to Instagram, over 60 million Photos and videos are uploaded daily, and over 5 billion YouTube videos are watched daily. YouTube and Instagram both track your every move, so they know what you watch, and what you post. Then they put all this data into their AI and Algorithms so this is how they know basically everything about you, so that’s how they recommend videos that they know you will watch. Although you might think this is quite creepy and scary, but I believe that the benefits of these companies collecting Big data will out weight the negatives because of how much more convenient and safer big data will make our lives world.
Big Data will lead to new innovations and technologies that will improve our lives and the world. One way Big Data will improve our lives and world is by creating new innovations. Many innovations that we rely on today for pretty much everything we do, like the internet, were invented because scientists needed a faster and more efficient way of transporting and creating data. According to “Big Data” by Ted-Ed ,Big data creates challenges and it pushes people to invent new technologies to improve our lives. The more data we have, the more challenges and problems will occur, this will continue to push scientist to create more efficient and better technologies generations.
Another way Big data will improve our lives is by making our society and Environment safer. According to “Big data is better data” by Kenneth Cukier and Ted-Ed in Japan they are using Data from sensors that are in cars to know your body shape and size so your car can know when thieves are trying stealing your car. The car can recognize and then stop. They can also help the driver to be more focused and be more careful on the road because of the artificial intelligence. The AI can figure out when you are fatigued or tired because of, for example how you are sitting. When you are so tired that you begin to fall asleep the car will ring alarms and light and it will help you wake up and stay awake.
According to BBC news and Wall street journal, In China the government are building millions of high tech Facial recognition cameras that can track your every move and identify who you are, where you live, who are your relatives, and your family basically they know more about you that you know about yourself. These new cameras can find people that are missing very easily because of how many cameras there are and how spread out they are. These cameras can also recognize when people are doing something illegal on its own like a car crossing the road when the light is red. When these cameras find like a person that escaped from a prison, for example, it immediately contacts the local police. They have already placed hundreds of thousands of these cameras off over China and they plan to have millions more.
But we also need to acknowledge that many people believe that this is an invasion of their privacy, but personally I believe that if all this data is in the right hands like the government then nothing bad will happen to you. You might be wondering what if the government got hacked, well these companies have hired hackers to hack their software and then software developers make sure that they can’t hack it again. Also, according to “Surveillance technology raises concerns about privacy violations” by The Guardian there have been many innocent people who arrested in the US, I personally think that the government made a mistake here because the way that AI works is that the more information the AI has the better it works. I think what happened in these arrests is that the AI did not have enough information thus it failed to work so if I think they had collected more data none of this would have happened. This AI is also being used in China as I said earlier and it is more advanced because of how much more data they have.
Big Data also can make your lives more convenient, many of the high tech cameras I mentioned earlier are inside office buildings. These cameras can recognize your face and then give you authorization to enter the building so you don’t need a card to enter an office building anymore you only need your face, if we had this technology everywhere life would be much more convenient, for example, every time you bought coffee all you would need is your face you wouldn’t even need your wallet, you wouldn’t need your phone. All you would need is your face. And this technology is already implemented into everything you do for example the iPhone X is unlocked using Facial Recognition and just the other day I was at a Mcdonalds and they scanned my face for meal recommendations.
In summary, even many people believe that we shouldn’t give up our privacy, I believe the benefits that will come if you give up your privacy will outweigh the negatives, first Big Data will make our world much more convenient, by using these high tech cameras these cameras can make your everyday life easier, for example since these cameras can scan your face, at places like Mcdonalds you can pay for your meal by just scanning your face, big data will also make our community and world much safer, this is also done these high tech security cameras but these have special with facial recognition and artificial intelligence technology in them so these cameras can detect when someone is committing a crime and they can find a person that’s has gone missing. In China: the world’s biggest camera surveillance network (BBC, 2018) The news reporter tried to escape from the police and it only took them 7 short minutes to find the reporter. And you still might not be convinced that Big Data is worth sacrificing your privacy but In the same BBC news report I mentioned earlier, the reporters went to a police station and basically what they got from going there was “If you have nothing to hide then you have nothing to fear.” (James Sudworth, 2018) So I think that this is why Big Data is the key to leading us to the future.