CITY OF SCIENCE
CHANCES are, some of the Christmas presents we buy or receive this year will use some form of smart technology. As a society, we have been buying gifts in the form of gadgets and gizmos for decades. Games consoles, DIY equipment, remote control cars, TVs and stereos have all been common presents opened up in countless homes in Glasgow on Christmas morning.
The trend will continue this year, with gifts including smart toothbrushes, virtual reality headsets, drones, smart watches, wireless headphones and selflacing trainers! According to data analytics company GlobalData, this new “wearable tech” industry is projected to be worth a staggering $54 billion by 2023!
Technology works best when it adds value to people’s lives. The commercial success of technology, at least in the case of these new Christmas gadgets, can increase greatly if they can be a source of fun and entertainment.
What is becoming clear is that smart tech is becoming more and more intertwined with our daily lives. Many of us will now own a smartwatch such as a Fitbit that supports us with health and fitness goals and we are now seeing the healthcare industry make use of this technology by monitoring patients. These industry-standard wearables come with sensors, artificial intelligence and big data to remotely monitor patients and support the diagnosis of illnesses.
As is so often the case, new technologies and industries bring with them new challenges. As smart tech becomes more prevalent, we must become more aware of the potential pitfalls and know how to combat any threats associated with being continuously connected to the internet.
Cyber criminals can do serious damage. In 2017, NHS England cancelled an estimated 7,000 appointments and operations because of malicious computer infections, known as a ransomware, which threatened to block computer access until a ransom was paid.
This incident should be a wakeup call and it is naïve to think that hackers and cyber vandals only target wealthy corporations. Scots now spend £38 billion a year using online transactions, so households in Glasgow and throughout the country really need to consider how they can best protect their online data.
For these reasons, Glasgow
The latest technology is now a big part of Christmas