Tragedy And Technology

On Episode 369 of The Waves of Tech, we dive into some somber yet relevant topics to kick off the podcast.  September 11, 2001 is without question a terrible time in American history.  Before YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook, we relied on 24-hour news outlets for updates and information.  We remember 9-11 and show the difference 16 years make.  In the face of tragedy and natural disaster, we have some great tech tools in our back pockets for use.  Facebook’s “Checked In As Safe” feature is an excellent means of communication to inform friends and family of our safety.  Drone deployment is second nature in disaster now, adding tremendous value to government, relief aid, law enforcement, and insurance agencies.  In not so shocking news, more data has been hacked and this time from Equifax – the holder of an incredible amount of personal and sensitive data.  Finally, Nike is allowing customer to custom design using augmented reality and artificial intelligence in their own shoe in their New York City based studio.  The Waves of Tech is powered by – Modern Issues. Modern Discussions.  Enjoy the podcast and continue to ride…The Waves of Tech.

Remembering September 11, 2001 – Tragedy & Technology

September 11 – it is one of those days that you already remember where you were when the news hit of the domestic terror attacks in New York City, USA.  Before YouTube, Facebook, smartphones, and Twitter, we relied heavily on 24-hour news and local radio for updates.

  • Terrorists demolished telecommunication networks and infrastructure
  • News was passed along via vintage Nokia flip phones from person to person
  • Instead of being glued to social media, millions sat in front of television to gather intel
  • 16 years have past; technology has improved; news reporting has shifted

Facebook Keeps Us Safe – “Checked in as Safe” on Facebook

The devastation of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma is intense.  Our technological efforts behind data collection and scientific modeling proved accurate in reporting and potential for damaging effects.  On the other side, Facebook allows us to demonstrate our safety.

  • Facebook’s Check In As Safe feature is an excellent addition in disaster related events
  • As a social network, we can inform our circle of our safety amidst tragedy and harm
  • Many of our friends in Houston and Florida utilized this, allowing peace of mind to all
  • As a primary means of communication, this feature is welcomed and embraced

Drone Diversity – Using Unmanned Vehicles During Natural Disasters

We know the effectiveness of drones – their ability to gather an immense quantity of data in a relatively short time period; their ability to be deployed immediately; their ability to protect persons on the ground from further harm.  They are masterfully used in natural disasters such as fires, floods, earthquakes, and more.

  • Governmental & emergency responses agencies have pools of drones at their disposal
  • Drones are a cheap, powerful tool to assess disaster damage and report situations
  • Law enforcement, insurance companies use drones in place of human to an extent
  • The diversity of unmanned vehicle use continues to grow in depth and expertise

Enough is Enough! Equifax Data Breach Affects 143 Million

Guess what – another data breach!  Shocking…well not really of course.  Equifax was hacked to the tune of 143 million user accounts, proving once again that no agency, no company, and no information is 100% safe with cyber criminals in the mix.

  • Check the status of your personal information at the Equifax 2017 Security site
  • Users are left with little to no options outside of online data collection in 2017
  • This is tremendously problematic when hackers comb the Internet for vulnerabilities
  • Equifax is expected to face a class action lawsuit for their role in allowing this to happen

Get Your Custom Nikes Using Artificial Intelligence and Augmented Reality

Alright, Nike is doing something pretty cool here.  In an attempt to drive online traffic from Amazon and direct customers into their stores, Nike rolled out the ability for customers to design their own shoe in 90 minutes – including color, graphics, layout, and more.

  • The manufacturing uses augmented reality, graphic design, artificial intelligence
  • Nike is using robotics, automation, virtual prototyping, and object tracking
  • An immense quantity of tech is used to make this personal design process work
  • Nike is creating a unique customer experience that is unmatched to online shopping


September 11, 2001 Remembrance

143 Million People Affected by Equifax Data Breach

Equifax Faces Multibillion-Dollar Lawsuit Over Hack

Equifax 2017 Security – Check Your Information Status

Nike’s Custom Sneakers in Under 2 Hours

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