How new technology can help to increase one´s own security
Technology plays a major role within almost every country. In the USA it seems that technology is even faster integrated in everyday activities than anywhere else in the world. This has several reasons. First, in the USA, successful universities such as MIT, Stanford and Yale are frontrunners when it comes to developing and integration of such technologies. Second, it seems that Americans are more willing to integrate those technologies, not just on a micro scale but. While there are of course negative side effects with those technologies, there are a lot of advantages as well, which seem to be more visible than to other users.
Take Europe for example. One might assume that Germany is the frontrunner when it comes to technology. After all, cars were invented to Germany and if someone is an engineer than Germany should be one of the countries that where the same person should look for a job. However, Germany has shown that it is willing to research and develop new technologies, but is not willing to integrate these devices on a larger scale and the negative effects become now visible.
The number of housebreakings has dramatically increased. Even the press, the left and the conservative press, has spoken with one voice on that topic, saying that Germany is no longer a country where security is guaranteed. Of course, the right press uses this statement to fuel concerns about the many refuges that are now entering the country. This leads to further decrease of perceived security among many, mainly the older and the people leaving in East – Germany.
Many politicians recommend the use of technology to solve this problem. Specifically they advocate for the use of Ambient Intelligence that is implemented in a house or a flat. But what is Ambient intelligence? Ambient intelligence is a scientific term that can easily be described by this scenario: Imagine you come home and your coffee machine is already boiling. Your partner doesn´t cater you, it is the coffee machine that knows your habits and when the time when it has to serve you. Or consider this. You want to enter your house, but you lost your keys. One common but unpleasant situation almost every person was confronted with. What do you do know? Of course, you can call a locksmith. But that would cost money, time and regrets, why you haven´t looked after your keys better.
Well thanks to Ambient Intelligence, there is a way. You can tell the house some random habits that only you know, or you use your voice, iris or fingerprint to open the door. It is almost too easy to be realistic and it is hard to understand why Ambient Intelligence isn´t integrated on a large scale yet. But one thing is for sure. With this technology the perceived security can increase significantly. All it takes is the will to try the technology. After that the advantages will whey out the disadvantages and people will probably ask themselves why they haven´t implemented the technology earlier.