Today, as I was going through my usual routine of checking facebook after reaching home, I read this very interesting article. Technology has really advanced over the last 20 years. At first it was only limited to performing heavy calculations, however, it has rapidly expanded its presence in all industries. From computer industry to automobile, from health care to manufacturing. It has now got to the point where it has entered our homes. We can control everything in our homes just using an iPad or any other tablet. All of this makes me wonder what happens to the people negatively effected by this rise in technology.
Google has been testing driverless cars since last couple of years, what is to say that they may not sell this techology to a company say Uber and this may result in loss of jobs of thousands of people whose sole way of earning was driving. The same applies for all areas where AI is currently being tested. There was an article recently which highlighted that quite a few back office jobs will be done by machines in the future. So then what happens to the ordinary humans who are not technologically savvy or aren’t computer science majors or aren’t even graduates? It seems that lately technology is only benefiting a few people, while the median incomes are dropping. Wasn’t the whole purpose of improving technology was to make life better for whole rather than a few?
Around a couple of months ago, I upgraded my phone and laptop from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 and around the same time I changed my Vodafone 3G internet plan from unlimited to 2 GB. The two events occurred around the same time. Before the upgrade and change in the data plan, I was able to use internet sharing on my phone without any issues. However since the upgrade/ change in data plan, I am not able to connect to the internet. I am able to connect to the network, but when I open the browser, the net does not work. I didn’t pay attention to this problem since I always carry a 3G data dongle with me. But today, I had a presentation to make for my MBA classes and forgot to carry the data dongle with me. I really needed the internet connection to work. So I tried connecting through the phone and as usual it didn’t work. I called up the Vodafone call center, assuming that it could be a problem at their end as earlier internet sharing on the phone was working fine. After being repeatedly kept on hold, the customer service executive informed me that since I have a windows phone and windows machine, internet sharing would not work. I was extremely surprised at this answer and told her that everything was working fine earlier and only recently since the change in data plans, things aren’t working. She told me that there is nothing that they could do over the phone for this and it was a known issue and I could try my luck at the nearest Vodafone store. Not satisfied with the answer, I decided to connect through a Windows 7 laptop. The same issue occurred – I was able to connect to the network, but not able to use the internet. So it leads me to believe that this is a Windows 8.1 issue.
I am now trying to search through the issue on the internet to see if this problem exists and what is the resolution. I am also going to go to local Vodafone store to check the issue. Hopefully should be able to identify a resolution to this problem.