Technology is unarguably - well, there are solid arguments against the current, advanced state of technology and future developments in the field - great for society, including you, me, your parents, peers, coworkers, and literally everybody else on planet Earth.
Farmers in Africa use mobile devices and satellite Internet in remote areas to create local communication systems that facilitate farmer's markets, stopping hunger and preventing the impoverished from eating unpalatable or even sickening food.
People around the globe use smartphone apps like Uber and Lyft to hail super-taxies more quickly than ever before. Further, most of us likely use social media platforms like Facebook to entertain ourselves, keep up with news, communicate with peers, friends, coworkers, family members, and - that's right - slide in the DMs of bangin' Twitter users.
OK, but seriously - technology isn't, in fact, as great as it's cracked up to be. While calculators, basic television, and global positioning systems all have intimately practical uses, none of which are as pervasive as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and every other social media platform. Social media might be fun, but we, as members of society, should certainly be alarmed following 100-percent-true recent news stories of Cambridge Analytica improperly gaining access to 80-odd million accounts' most private information.
Ads on Facebook = loss of privacy for users
Did you know that app developers can access users' sensitive information - keep in mind that fellow users absolutely do not have access to such info - if users download their apps?
Further, those mobile app developers can access every single friend's information if just one of their Facebook friends has the app. Let's say Jimmy Bob has 347 friends. If Jimmy Bob downloads ABC Corp.'s app, that firm can have untethered access to those 347 users' sensitive data, all in the name of targeted advertising.
Do such blatant breaches of privacy make you feel comfortable?
Facebook does, in fact, control content
Just last year, Facebook filtered out all conservative news from its "trending" section. It didn't last long, but isn't such a power alarming?