Both Christmas cheer and the hyperbole of annual tech forecasts test my natural scepticism.
For the forecasts, the latest Mary Meeker report or Gartner hype cycle provides most of what we need to know. Likewise we have been fattened all year by industry coverage of the 'big bets' such as VR, artificial intelligence, live social et al. Rather than just looking at the technology itself I prefer to think about the human impact that these developments may or may not have. How might our lives materially change next year? And will the change be for the better?
As a dad, and for anyone trying to do a bit parenting, the role of technology has fast become a primary concern.
Never mind the kids I say, forget about sexting and Snapchat, what about me? What will tech do for me in ? Privacy and security will continue to be big news in I expect more and more control to be taken back by the users. For kids on the internet, this is becoming a critical issue. Through our work with O2 and the NSPCC we recognise that online life is real life for children, and it is high time that the same levels of protection we would expect in the playground are implemented on the web.
More legislation is much needed however to give me some control in the meantime. With Circle Go in the pipeline, similar levels of control, with an associated family dialogue about safety and responsibility, will be available over mobile networks too. Time for some magic.
Dads, Remember to Use Your Superpowers!
Look kids, no hands! Right now. Out of nowhere, dad can conjure up music from any genre, in any room, at any time. ABBA Gold, mainly.
Interspersed with Lion King and Led Zep. The sound quality is seriously impressive. Wireless smart home devices will abound in , together with personal assistants like Amazon Echo. Add in invisible control over the heating, security system and weekly shop, and dad is transformed into a wizard of the highest order. A bit creepy yes, and still clunky at times, but digital PAs will no doubt soon become part of the family.
But it can feel like a dereliction of duty not to use smart tech to try and keep kids safe. Keeping tabs on their location seems like a good start, within reason. For older kids a mobile phone is the obvious solution, but for younger ones what is the best way to stay in touch? Can I tag them, like little criminals? Good kit is out there for golfers and pet owners try PocketFinder but nobody seems to have cracked it for kids. Want crown molding in your master bedroom? It really is a sight to behold and is frustrating for this insomniac.
My 5 Techie 'Dad Superpowers' for | LBBOnline
Sitting up while the kids play wii Dance For Kids three feet away. On the back porch in the heat of the summer. Or the second his head hits the pillow, literally. Or click on this image! Now if only they could harness them to magically put the toilet seat down,life would be sweet. Click To Tweet.
- The Secret Superpowers of Fathers | Psychology Today;
- Dads, Remember to Use Your Superpowers! » Bryan Feller.
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