ISEM-501-50Nikhilesh BarrelaID: 222350Jan. 14, 2018Essay #1-Current Topics in IT Biggest Tech Failures and Successes of 2017 From great successes to disasters, technology has been the key aspect. Fromsecurity breach to product success, there has always been something to fix and upgradeand this differentiated in terms of money and reputation.
Here, below are thefew failures and successes of 2017. Tech that was a successIn 2017 technology like smart home, apple’s smart watch and Face ID werehuge success in providing human life more security and also ease to the everydayroutine tasks. “Face ID” feature in iphone X is more secure compared to oneplus 5t and Samsung note 8 devices as it uses 3d depth sensing with an infraredcamera and a dot projector to check if you are the actual owner of the phonebefore unlocking it, whereas Samsung and one plus use 2d methods that rely onlyon front facing camera and could be tricked even by testing it with aphotograph and Face ID keeps on adaptingitself to the changes on your face to detect the owner.
12 A smart home is an example of how technologyis advancing in making human life with much ease than ever imagined. Here, thedevices are interconnected and can be automated from one central point likemobile, through internet which controls functions such as security access tothe home, temperature, lighting, home theatre, door locks, home monitors, cameras,lights, refrigerator. Smart home appliances come with self- learning skillswhereby they can learn owner’s schedules and Some home automation systems alertthe owner when it detects any motion in the home while away and some other alsocall the fire department in case of any imminent situations. Voice poweredvirtual assistants like Amazon, offers voice-activated speakers like echo andecho dot with voice-activated speakers of varying size that employ Alexatechnology to answer questions asked, google assistant.34 When it comes to apple smartwatch, it incorporates fitness tracking and health-oriented capabilites. Initallywhen it was released on April 24,2015 it was not a good success as it had torely on iphone watch. But when series 3 was released it was the fastestprocessor i.e.
, dual-core S3, Bluetooth 4.2, a built-in altimeter for measuringflights of stairs climbed, increased RAM size and optional LTE cellularconnectivity. Siri was able to speak on this series 3 due to the increasedprocessing speed of the watch. Initially, with my experience, there was a slightloss in cellular connectivity but then later apple fixed this with its softwareupdate.
All these upgrades in series 3 and with its fastest processor, quickperformance apple smart watch was a great success in 2017. 5 Tech that was a failureHere are Tech failures which resulted in hacking millions of accounts bycybercriminals in credit reporting agency, ride sharing company and anothertech which could not give best output in market. Equifax is one of the three largest consumer credit reporting agencyalong with Experian and TransUnion (known as “Big Three”). Itcollects and aggregates information around 800 million individual consumers andmore than 88 million businesses worldwide.
Equifax has US$3.1 billion in annualrevenue and 9000+ employees in 14 countries. Equifax announced cybersecurity breachon July 2017 where around 145.5 million U.S Equifax consumers personal data, likepersonal names, social security numbers, birth dates, addresses were accessedby the cybercriminals and also confirmed around 209,000 consumer’s credit cardcredentials were taken in the attack. And it should take necessary action toprevent another security breach.67 Uber the ride-sharing companyfaced many complaints about sexual harassment of woman passengers and thissparkled the resignation of CEO Travis kalanick. This lead to the internalinvestigation after which 20 employees were fired.
After keeping the breachsecret for more than a year, it recently disclosed that around 57 milliondriver and rider accounts were stolen in October 2016. Now new chief, DaraKhosrowshahi takes up responsibility inrepairing the company’s reputation.89 Though the products with good technology succeeded in market with goodprofits, there are also some technology which failed, might be because it wasnot secure enough to prevent cyber attacks from hackers. So, I think thattechnology always need to be updated on a regular basis to withstand thethreats from hackers all around the world. References 1)Chen, X.
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