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With the current trends witnessed in the field of wireless technology across the world, it is evident that the technology is taking the world by storm. Wireless technology is being applied in most if not all day-to-day life affairs, meaning that everybody encounters the technology. Therefore, there is the need to understand the overall impact of this technology, especially how it affects the world. Wireless technology is being used in communication, doing transactions, running machines, among many other uses. For instance, the number of mobile communication devices hit the 4.6 billion worldwide with the revenues coming from this expected to hit well over one trillion United States dollars in 2012. The people using these devices should hence be aware of what is happening around them as much as the use of wireless gadgets is concerned. This is because it is common knowledge that such technological has both positive and negative impacts on the general life of the people. Similarly, any development in any society is always under the control of various authorities that govern the people. This implies that policy makers should come up with the most appropriate measures to ensure the developments don not harm the people it is intended to benefit. The need to study and understand the impact of the technology is critical if the technology is to be maximally beneficial.
Both scientific and social knowledge is particularly crucial in studying the effects the technology has on the people. This paper presents a draft proposal that looks at the details associated with the wireless technology, which should be considered t address the issues stated. In other words, the audience for this research is the primary users of the wireless technology such as mobile phone and Internet users. Age is also an overriding factor or this research because the use of wireless technology is distributed among different ages in varied fashions. This paper will focus on people who use for non-leisure purposes. This means that most of the targeted age bracket is the adults, who are in either business or using the technology for other purposes. However, much of the information to be evaluated will be touching on the entire society. Most problems that are likely to touch on this group seem to affect everyone within any technology savvy society. The other targeted audience is the policy makers who deal with the issues of the wireless technology such as government and security agencies. This implies that the research will be solution based, but after highlighting a few issues that are of concern with the technology. However, positive effects will also be highlighted to provide the feeling of how the technology is essential. As noted, wireless technology use has penetrated the entire society, and its firm presence are not debatable. Therefore, people need to know different effects, both positive and negative in order to maximize its use.
Security Related Issues
Currently, it is possible to illegally intrude into the information systems and cause havoc. This is a highly sophisticated tool used by hackers to commit online crimes. On the other hand, wireless technology is used to boost security or surveillance in different ways. Therefore, it is critical for the technology user to e aware of this. According to the United States Computer Emergence Readiness Team (US-CERT), online criminals are always coming up with better methods of intruding into other people privacy. This means that vulnerability to this risk for all systems that depend on this technology increase. Many people are suffering the consequences of such crimes, especially when such intrusions are used to afflict harm on users. In addition, wireless networks are being deployed in security monitoring missions where security agents are surveying different far areas. This means that as much a wireless technology could be detrimental to its user in terms of security, it can also serve as a security booster.
The history of negative effects of wireless technology on health date back more than 100 years (Council on Health Promotion, 2011). Wireless devices use a specific type of wave called radio frequency. Research has shown that these waves have negative effects on human health, with much attention being given to mobile phones in recent times. This is the reason why various regulatory authorities across the world have set a limit of exposure to these waves in order to minimize the effects. For instance, Canada has such elaborate regulation mechanisms that monitor the exposure levels. This is aimed at ensuring people are not over exposed to the waves. This is a superb example of how policy maker can be involved in coming up with effective regulatory measures in order to rebut the effects or radio waves from wireless gadgets.
Radio frequency exposure in the United Kingdom is equally regulated especially where mobile phones are used. This has also been extended to other frequently used wireless devices such as laptops. This is perhaps the reason why the government has declared that no known effects of radio wave exposure have been established in the United Kingdom. According to the world health organization, there has been no significant number of cases observed from the effects of radio waves. However, this infers that there are some incidents, although they are limited. This is also attributed to the fact that there has been tight regulation on the issue. Research shows that people who use their mobile phones more are likely to suffer some brain problem due to such exposure. This means that adults are the mostly affected since they use the technology more than any other people do in the society. This example is perfect for launching an investigation of how wireless technology affects the society. Evaluating diversified effects as far as health is concerned will probably expose more health risks associated with the technology.
Wireless technology has unusually many positive impacts on society. First, the technology has facilitated the flow of information among people. This has strengthened social cohesiveness hence improving livelihoods. It is common knowledge that information is power, meaning that the society has reaped power from the presence of wireless technology. Wireless technology has caused a noticeable impact in vital sectors. The education sector is one of such areas where the technology has helped improve. People can be able to acquire quality education online, courtesy of wireless internet-enabled gadgets like laptops. In addition, wireless technology has made teaching easier for educators thus enabling them teach effectively. The overall benefits of these possibilities go to the society, as more people get educated. This impact has been felt more at the higher education institutions, where about 85 percent of all universities in the United States use wireless networks to teach (Kim et al., 2006). Education policy makers can also derive from such examples and strategize how the use of wireless technology can be improved within learning institutions.
Uses in Business Related Purposes
Wireless technology has also played a crucial role in the world f business. The wireless gadgets have been a potent source of income for their manufactures. However, the same technology has been used to run tremendously successful businesses across the world. Wireless enabled services such as Cisco Cius tablets are commonly used in business in many parts of the world (Rash, 2010). For instance, this gadget is used to transact different business transactions where information technology operators facilitated delivering of goods to different destinations. In addition, this service has also helped businesspersons in getting different product related information, hence making doing business easier. With the improvement of other advanced application such as the Wi-Fi, the technology will serve many business people in the near future. May businesses are using the technology as a corporate strategy to improve their business hence fetching lot of money aided by the technology. For instance, research has revealed that wireless technology has played a very crucial role in increasing productivity gains in the united sates economy. This is via the increased savings that emanate from wireless technology related economic applications (Entner, 2008). The several impacts go to the society in the sense that many people will gain either directly or indirectly.
This draft presents a few of any issues that revolve around wireless technology. A lot can be obtained by getting deeper into the highlighted issues. However, the impact of wireless technology can be said to both beneficial and detrimental to the people. Although the effects could turn either way, the positive impacts seem to overshadow the negative effects, meaning the wireless technology should be embraced.