Wouldn’t it be nice if you could control Netflix on your PS3 without having to deal with the bulky controller? If you think so, and you’ve got an Android or Apple smartphone in your pocket, you can. Richard Lawler posted an article on Engadget explaining that the mobile Netflix app allows you to control the PS3 app from your phone. You can browse through the movie collection and start, stop or pause movies without picking up your PS3 controller.
The best part of this interesting feature is that it requires almost no setup. All you have to do is sign in to your Netflix account on both devices and you’re good to go. Press the button that looks like a TV in your mobile Netflix app, select your PS3 and any action that you initiate on your phone, will complete on your PS3. To see this feature in action check out the YouTube video posted by italianblkguy1.
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.
Does technology have all the answers?
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.
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.
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.
“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.