What Is The Human Condition In 2020?

There are a number of factors to consider when trying to understand the human condition in today’s world. These includes advances in technology and mankind’s effect on the environment. There are other factors to consider, however this article will focus on these two factors.

Advances In Technology

Advancing technology is changing the human condition. It is not just the advancing of technology but the pace at which it is changing. All through human history advances in science and technology has been transforming how we live. Today the rate at it which it is changing is staggering. Consider the advent of the computer and the internet. These technologies have transformed how we do business and communicate with each other. It seems everybody has a smart phone these days. These devices are phones that are packaged with electronics that what would be considered to be a super computer when man first set foot on the moon and launched the first space shuttle. These phones are equipped high-resolution cameras and can easily record any event and spread it all over the internet using numerous social media platforms, literally at the speed of light. All human events are now being covered by potentially 3.5 billion smart phones as of 2020 and number is growing everyday.

These advances in computer technology also mean there are cameras located everywhere that monitor all of our movement. These videos are recorded and stored on hundred’s of thousands of web severs throughout the world.

Video surveillance in the workplace is everywhere and has become accepted as the norm by most employees. Can you say big brother. Do employers have the right to monitor their employees using video cameras? Unfortunately the use of video cameras in the work place is quite common in places such as Canada.

Mankind’s Affect On The Environment

It seems every time you watch the news there is talk of how mankind is affecting the climate in a negative way. There always talk of the climate change and how the related overall warming of the planet will increase the number of extreme weather events. This means more hurricanes, flooding and wild fires that are completely out of control. Just ask the people who live in Western Canada, California and South East Asia.

Of course mankind’s effect on the environment is not just limited the land. The effects on the environment can be seen in rivers, lakes and oceans. These bodies of water are being choked with plastic and various toxic chemicals.

One source stated that in 2015 eight million tons of plastic waste are dumped in the oceans each year and the overall effect of this will mean there will be a tenfold increase in amount plastic waste by 2020.

This not only affects the helpless creatures that live in these environments but also the people living in the vicinity.

Best Regards

Green Technology The Lovins Way

There was a time when human beings worshipped nature. The sun, animals, plants and the earth itself were revered and protected. From worshipping nature to trying to conquer and control it, we’ve come a long way. After decades of trying to overpower the very things that allow us to exist, there is now a growing awareness of the need to surrender our assumed powers, a need to sustain the forces of nature. In an ironic twist of fate, the thing that makes this possible is the very thing that took us away from all things natural: technology. Only this time, it comes with the world ‘green’ attached to it.

From energy-saving methods, to the generation of alternate options to fossil fuels, to the ability to recycle and reuse existing resources, technology paves the way for new ways of sustainable living without losing out on the comforts of 21st century.

Amory Lovins, an American physicist, environmental scientist, writer and the Chairman/Chief Scientist of the Rocky Mountain Institute, has worked in the field of energy policy for four decades. Lovins is of the opinion that we can maintain our standard of living with all its comforts and still save the planet, if only we use technology the right way. One of his greatest contributions to environmental science and sustainability is his campaign for the ‘soft energy path’. This involves the use of new technologies to harness alternative energies like geothermal, solar and biofuels to replace non-renewable fossil fuels like coal. The soft energy path has impacted the resource policies of the US and other nations from the 1970s on.

Lovins is also the inventor of the Hypercar, an ultra efficient mode of transport.

The Negawatt was a concept introduced by Amory Lovins. It is a theoretical unit of power measuring the amount of energy saved. Lovins created this measure with the idea that it would help cut down electricity consumption without changing energy usage, simply by using more efficient and modernised power sources. His focus on making electricity use more efficient has helped save enormous amounts of power and, of course, money.

Lovins believes that technological innovations by large companies and awareness on how to access the best energy ‘buys’, are the way forward. His book ‘Reinventing Fire’ rethinks the four sectors of the economy that are traditionally energy-intensive: transportation, buildings, industry and electricity. Lovins’ green technology ideas are never at the cost of economic growth; in fact, they aim to enhance it.

Breaking News – WiFi Hitting the Security Cameras Scene

Do you know what the latest development in wireless security cameras is?

The latest revolution in security cameras doesn’t involve the sensor or the lens, it involve the transmission signal.

Wireless security cameras are now going WiFi.

Looking at the latest technologies, it is no surprise that WiFi is welcomed in to this field. Many wireless surveillance cameras are now available to make any surveillance system highly efficient and functional.

A wireless security camera can perform many functions such as remote viewing, motion detection and recording, and the best of all is that it is battery operated.

To understand why wireless surveillance cameras have become so popular, you must first understand what WiFi stands for and its functions.

WiFi is short for wireless fidelity refers to a set of wireless networking technologies and more specifically referred to as any type of 802.11 network, 802.11b and 802.11a and dual band. The word WiFi was built by an organization named as WiFi alliance. A product that undergoes the WiFi alliance analyses is given the name WiFi certified.

WiFi is a wireless technology that handles the networking/communication between devices. WiFi is caused by Radio waves that are transmitted from an antenna and WiFi receivers pick them up. These signals are then broadcasted to the device with WiFi connection.

WiFi equipped consumer electronics range from automobiles, cameras, computers, camcorders, mobile phones, video games, GPS systems, DVD players, printers, and many more. Security cameras now have joined the growing list of WiFi devices. The reason is attributed to many homes now having WLAN (WiFi local area network). You would just have to connect the wireless security camera to the network to give coverage of wider areas.

In WiFi surveillance cameras, the video signals go over a wireless LAN and then to a video server or PC. You can install a WiFi surveillance camera much faster than a traditional wired security camera. Perhaps the biggest advantage is that the WiFi security camera can be remotely controlled by laptop or phone with Internet facility and the picture quality is uninterrupted. But the disadvantage lies in the security of the video transfer. If it is not encrypted, it can easily be tapped and create security problems.

How are WiFi surveillance cameras better than regular wireless RF security cameras?

RF wireless surveillance cameras use radio frequency wireless technology similar to some high-end cordless phones to transmit and receive wireless video signals. It has many advantages such as being mobile and can be set up anywhere. A major drawback of wireless RF security camera is that the radio signals used to transmit video can be interrupted by electric motored products such as AC, fluorescent lighting or cordless telephones which affect the picture quality.

Where should you use a WiFi surveillance camera?

A WiFi surveillance camera is made for indoor use, whether for a company or home use. It must be placed at locations with minimum RF interference.

What do resellers need to be wary of when listing WiFi surveillance cameras? As a seller of WiFi surveillance cameras, you must list the compatibility properties of these cameras with the different types of networks like 802.11b or 802.11g WiFi networks. This helps the customer make an informed decision and avoid unnecessary problems of refunds and returns. You become a trustworthy seller as opposed some sellers, who claim that the surveillance cameras are WiFi enabled but they use radio waves for wireless transmission and create network issues for the customer.