Luis Almeida column earns man's praise

Posted 4/4/18

To The Editor:I find the [columns] by Dr. Luis Almeida concerning technology to be very informative.Just recently, I read an excellent magazine article titled, "Taming the Social Media Monster," that …

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Luis Almeida column earns man's praise

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To The Editor:

I find the [columns] by Dr. Luis Almeida concerning technology to be very informative.

Just recently, I read an excellent magazine article titled, "Taming the Social Media Monster," that was alarming as well.

We are currently learning of the privacy factors involving Facebook. We already know that Google, Amazon and Microsoft are eavesdropping on us. 

However, there are more serious concerns. Some of the biggest names in the technology industry are expressing regrets about what they have created.

Sean Parker, the founding president of Facebook, recently admitted to how Facebook was deliberately designed to addict people to its use. Even so, he stated he had deep regrets and that, "God only knows what it's doing to our childrens' brains." He states that at the time of development, we were not aware of the many unintended consequences. They are still being discovered.

Another tech giant, Evan Williams, is the co-creator of the company Blogger and a Twitter founder. He confesses, "I thought once everybody could speak freely and exchange information and ideas, the world [was] automatically going to be a better place. How wrong I was about that."

As our schools are rushing to supply students with technology such as iPads, others are denying their use altogether. A private school in the heart of Silicon Valley does not allow any technology in their school: No computers, iPads or iPhones. The parents of 75 percent of the school children are employees of Google, Apple, Yahoo and HP. They all feel that computers and education don't mix.

A recent article reveals that phone addiction can mess up brain chemistry. Scientists found that  people who excessively used mobile devices scored higher on tests that detected mental illness.

Should we be concerned? You bet. Yet, what is being revealed from the tech giants is likely only the tip of the iceberg of what is really known.

There are usually more unintended consequences, and what is yet known could likely be more serious.

Thanks, Dr. Almeida, for your information.

— Gary Gray

Cleveland

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