The future is now. From tech that predicts crime to creating a connected world to apps that aim to end cheating, this week’s headlines painted a picture of where technology might be taking society. And the future looks digital.
Here is our weekly roundup of digital news:
Tech to stop crime before it happens
Minority report may become a reality. According to recent news reports, the Vancouver Police Department is working with technology that can predict where crimes are mostly likely to occur. The department predicts that the system will be ready for use by 2014.
Learn more about new-age crime-stopping here:
- Police tech could stop crimes before they even happen – CTV News
- SIMILAR: Norcross police roll out crime-predicting technology; make arrests on day one – Atlanta Magazine
Is connectivity a human right?
Facebook connects more than 1.15 billion people each month, but founder Mark Zuckerberg recently announced that he plans to connect the entire world. “Internet.org” is an initiative that would bring Internet access to the every corner of the globe. “There are huge barriers in developing countries to connecting and joining the knowledge economy. Internet.org brings together a global partnership that will work to overcome these challenges, including making Internet access available to those who cannot afford it,” says Zuckerberg.
For more on Facebook’s mission to connect the entire world, check out these links:
- Zuckerberg wants to bring the whole planet Internet access – Mashable
- Facebook aims to get the world online – Global News
- Facebook aims to connect the world – Canoe.ca
Google Play announces ‘Boyfriend Tracker’ app
While the debate over online privacy continue to be a contentious issue, there are some instances where users seem to be a-OK with mining personal data. The Brazilian “Rastreador de Namorados” app claims to act like a “private detective in your partner’s pocket,” promising to keep a watchful digital eye on philandering spouses. Though users snapped up this app while it was available, Google was forced to pull the program from its store after complaints.
Learn more about this app and the controversy surrounding it here:
- Google Play pulls ‘Boyfriend Tracker’ app designed to catch cheaters after complaints – The Toronto Star
- Boyfriend Tracker app gets nixed from Google Play – Time
- ‘Boyfriend Tracker’ smartphone app raises stir in Brazil – CTV News