The Boss Up and Rise Podcast: Where Design Meets Technology

How technology and design can help or hurt us in the future.

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2023 is becoming an era of more technology, more apps, and more of everything.  It’s an exciting time, but also scary seeing so much technology and what the future holds with all these new applications, and futuristic homes and businesses. 

New Technology

How many of you have gone out to see or bought a new “smart” home?  My goodness between the design, architectural, interior designers, and technology experts, many of these homes have unsurpassed quality, aesthetics, and performance. Come on have you seen what many of these homes have to offer?…. The one-button press gets the party started, even setting the perfect mood for a candlelight dinner, or better yet puts the house into “Away” mode.  How cool or scary is that?

I find it cool, but also very scary to imagine putting all your every day—Refrigerators, TVs, audio equipment, lights, security cameras, thermostats, and so on—to work together, but also the ability to control it all from one easy-to-use interface—whether it’s your smartphone, a touch screen, remote control, or keypad—your home suddenly and “automagically” becomes more comfortable, convenient and “secure”.

Is technology secure

Now, I say “secure” in quotes because, with my past experience, I don’t find it secure.  what if you get hacked, what if your phone gets into the wrong hands, the what if is there and presents a danger to many.

I had my thermostat and cameras on “automagically” being controlled by my smartphone, but then I lost my phone and somehow someone, somewhere had control of my cameras & my thermostat!

How about the “smart cars” yes they are cool but also present a danger as we have all seen and heard regarding the Tesla vehicles.  So although I’m a fan of new technology and how cool it is there are still so many unknowns and dangers, and we all must be cautious of how all this new technology can benefit or affect us in the near future.

What are your thoughts on the new trends in technology? 

I would just hope that creators and designers will really take into account all these factors when creating new technology for the everyday person & business owner:

According to the model proposed by the Hasso-Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford, it consists of 5 stages namely; Empathize, Define, Ideate, Prototype, and Test.

So TESTING will be key, but also SECURITY and SAFETY should be considered and taken into account.

Your thoughts on this topic? I would love to hear more from you.

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