COVID-19: MEASURES FOR OUR CUSTOMERS AND SECURITY
12 April 2017 | Techno
As the highly centralized model of energy production shows ever-widening cracks in its centuries-old façade, we are likely to see small, localized startups step in to take its place. While the legacy network is unlikely to vanish completely – at least not within the imaginable future – these startups will fill a need by providing dependable, competitively priced, and responsive services to community members. Many futurists have been discussing the enernet – the energy network.
The enernet emphasizes clean energy generation, primarily solar but wind power generation is also likely to play a role. As solar energy panels become cheaper, more reliable, and easier to install the possibilities of power generation grow accordingly. Although centralized solar plants responsible for the production and distribution of energy will likely be developed, small solar panels can be installed on housetops and the tops of buildings to contribute to the local energy grid.
Cities are the natural environment for an energy network. A decentralized network capable of energy production and distribution is more robust in the face of outage and even failures due to attack. Smart-city tech, such as charging stations for electric vehicles (EV), is seeing increasing demand. This internet of things is another major transformation that is already taking place.
Smart-tech can be roughly understood as technology that utilizes the user-friendly, adaptive nature of smartphones and similar “smart” devices as an entry into applications beyond communication and individual data collection.
Effective application of smart-tech depends on many closely related factors, each one of which presents unique challenges in addressing. Six particular factors have been identified, namely:
Improvements in each of these areas have been made thanks to advances in artificial intelligence. Smart-tech has the ability to “learn” based on input it receives from users; this is a major advancement over having engineers anticipate every conceivable user scenario and then program algorithms accordingly. Systems capable of fine-tuning their interactivity to meet the use patterns of individuals will be seen as having much greater value to users; users are also going to feel personally connected to systems, thereby resolving the delivery of an empathetic, friendly user experience.
Great design can make or break a product’s success and perhaps nowhere is this quite as evident as the iPhone. Although this device certainly packed a lot of great functionality into a small package, its ease-of-use was what helped make it the iconic item it has become; it is now the template for virtually every other smartphone on the market. Making the human factor a central consideration in design is essential for the widespread adoption of future technology. Now that people have become accustomed to the idea of instantaneous 5G internet connectivity, they are unlikely to settle for any inconvenience that gets in the way of smooth delivery of related services. This means that tasks like booking travel are going to have to become as convenient as, say, going shopping online.
Of course, smart design is not limited to the internet as seen on a mobile device. Smart technology is being seen in thermostats and home security systems. Many of these have excelled at good design, which push innovation among competitors for increasingly adaptive and friendly interfaces.
As a long-established internet service provider, Ebox has seen many innovations become commonplace. Make sure your home internet connection is ready for the excitement the future will bring.