Technological progress observed in the last century is considered to be a trademark of humanity’s highest civilizational capabilities as well as its most astonishing accomplishment in history. Computers are one of the most striking aspects of such a progress, making several aspects of human life easier, faster and more efficient. In today’s world, a computer user can install various programs on their computer, code software, use data recovery software such as R-Undelete and connect with billions of other computer users all around the world. Companies cannot do without computer systems either, as the computational capabilities of such machines contribute immensely to business applications as well. Turning the entire globe into a cyber-network of information and computational power, computers have established themselves as integral players in modern day life. Those seeking to succeed in modern life need to understand these technologies at a fundamental level to pursue sophisticated operations that will save them time, resource and effort in order to gain a competitive advantage over others.
Microsoft can easily be considered as the main builder of the cyber age with the company’s products and services always becoming major hits, sometimes the only options in the market. Given Microsoft’s active online operations, customer complaints have recently emerged regarding the company’s use of Artificial Intelligence, resulting in the decision to acquire ‘XOXCO’, a startup working on developing conversational artificial intelligence, namely chatbots. XOXCO’s ‘Howdy’, which is used in the application ‘Slack’, is a great tool to help participants in business meetings, while the application also provides similar feature for ‘Botkit’, a program that ”provides tools for developers on GitHub.” Microsoft’s concerns over its community standards persuaded its administration to develop tools to ensure a safe ride on its online platforms in the name of empowering users and protecting their rights and privacy. In many cases, Microsoft users experience difficulties in reaching representatives in a timely manner, leading to various problems for such users. Microsoft’s Blog is currently booming with content related to the subject, with several Microsoft users/subscribers voicing their concerns regarding possible breaches of security, further supporting the company’s recent decision of investment and inclination to pay more attention to the company’s online platforms, systems and operations.
Computer-human interactions have been a source of debate among tech enthusiasts and social scientists alike, raising attention to the ramifications of too much proximity and intertwinement between machines and human beings. Bill Poucher of Baylor University’s Computer Science Department believes in the power of algorithms and data structures as a motivator of rational thinking for human beings but also points out that human capabilities to use AI tools are currently limited. Poucher thinks that Computer Science will continue to evolve and branch out, using human perception as it source of intellect and influence. He reverts to the 1980’s when he received his education and started his career with computer technologies and states that the field is a lot more opportune for professionals today, with numerous positions becoming available for those with a degree periodically. The professor thinks that this is the biggest opportunity for human kind in the cyber age because regardless of the computational superiority of machines, human creativity and intuition will remain as a driver of progress in the sector. Poucher points out that as long as tech firms stick to reasonable recruitment and retention policies, the computer-human relations will be shaped around constructive principles that will enhance human life and not degrade it.
The cyber-age has produced giants such as Facebook in a relatively short period of time, but recently the company has been experiencing administrative troubles following the political scandal it was involved in during the 2016 US General Elections. iIn addition, Facebook’s relations with the PR firm ‘Definers Public Affairs’ regarding espionage on competitors as well as the tech giant’s policy to link liberal billionaire George Soros to anti-Facebook activists also have contributed to the company’s legal problems and loss of prestige in the eyes of investors. Mark Zuckerberg on the other hand carried out an administrative cleanup this year, rearranging the managerial roles in his companies, including Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram. Zuckerberg also intends to retain his position as the CEO, while keeping Sheryl Sandberg as his partner-in-crime, regardless of criticisms and objections. Hiring the former UK Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg as the officer of global affairs, Zuckerberg seeks to remain as the most powerful figure in his companies’ administrations, while also expanding his networks in new areas of the world where social media and internet communications have not been introduced to the markets on a mass scale.