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Ask Reader: What’s your dream app for the iPhone 3G?

Ask Reader: What’s your dream app for the iPhone 3G?

    Now iPhone 3G is out and it is all about high speed on-the-go Internet and “location, location, location” – thanks to 3G and GPS. What is your dream app you love to install but no one has developed it yet?

    Here is my list of dream iPhone apps:

    • One-the-go Dining guide. Recommends the best restaurants based on my location, with user feedback, photos and ability to display their locations on Google Maps.
    • Real turn-by-turn GPS navigation system. Looks like Apple will improve the handset’s GPS function on iPhone 2.1 update, so finger crossed on the actual turn-by-turn GPS is being developed.
    • Location-based Music sharing. I would love to share my musics (or listen to others’ favorites) with the people near me.
    • Video recorder with geotagging. Similar to AirMe, but for video. There were some video recorders on the jailbroken iPhone. Let’s introduce it on the iPhone 2.0 with geotagging, folks.
    • Social Networking with location-awareness. Facebook, I want to see if any of my friends are nearby.
    • Location-aware contact list. A drop-in replacement for the default contact list, which can auto-filter any contacts who are in a predefined radius. This is useful if I want to filter my large contact lists to show only contacts in my current city or town.

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    Last Updated on December 18, 2020

    Can Technology have Biases Like Humans?

    Can Technology have Biases Like Humans?

    Technology has taken a vantage leap in providing solutions for man. Before now, technology used to appear complex and would require a great deal of expertise to handle solutions available. Today, we have technology applicable in the simplest human activities as smart products with intelligent algorithms powering them as they make error-free judgments and provide intelligent and analytic solutions.

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    This article from Credit Suisse, tells us that technology does not have all the answers because it has been found to exhibit “similar biases,” as humans. No one can discredit the impact of technology, but it is not totally free of human input and this is the reason we experience these biases in many areas we have technology holding foot.

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    Creating technological solutions transparently

    This article suggests that the process of creating technological solutions be made transparent and subject to contribution from many people who would end up as users of the product – male, female, young, old, learned, unlearned and all other preferences as we have them. It also underscores the importance of having women on product development teams. This approach is not sure to eliminate all forms of bias, but it is a good way to start in order to appraise the full benefits of technology.

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    Technology as the connecting tool

    Technology so far has been a major connecting tool amongst us humans. It is used and appreciated by all regardless of race, language and sex. In order to keep it less subjective to these arguments about human biases. I believe we should gather opinions on products and solutions before making them available to the public. This could be done by gathering input from intended target users and receiving feedback across the stages of production.

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    “Recognizing the problem is a start…success will depend on inclusive technologies that meet this vast untapped market.” This cannot be more apt especially at a time when we look up to technology for solutions. We should not muzzle our progress with technology by battling algorithm bias. The first way to avoid this battle is by reading this article here.

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