Benefits of Using the Internet (Supporting Utopian Views of the Web)
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Telstra sees health benefits in internet-enabled devices - Sydney Morning Herald

Telstra sees health benefits in internet-enabled devices - Sydney Morning Herald | Benefits of Using the Internet (Supporting Utopian Views of the Web) | Scoop.it
Smart watches, driverless cars and internet enabled fridges may grab headlines, but the internet of things has the potential to transform healthcare and save lives, Telstra chief scientist Dr Hugh Bradlow says.
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Internet-enabled devices can be used to save lives. Using the right technology, some deaths caused by health conditions can be prevented. Internet-connected health devices on a person’s body with data analysis can react faster to a medical emergency. Early detection of a life threatening cause can allow doctors to fix something that is wrong or detect any anomaly and save a person’s life. There are already shirts with electrocardiogram (ECG) monitoring invented, but they require those who are wearing them or other caretakers to monitor and react to the results. If the ECG was able to transmit information to your phone that could be sent through the Internet using either WiFi or your 4G Network, it could save your life and provide doctors and scientists with information to help others in the future.

 

A great example from the article is about a man named John, who died from a heart attack. He had some symptoms in the morning but had nothing prior to that and he died in the afternoon," Dr Bradlow said. "In this utopian world I'm [Dr. Bradlow] portraying, he would have got a signal in the morning that says this guy has an anomaly, it would have alerted a human being, the human being would have dispatched an ambulance, he would have been put in hospital and his life would have been saved. This is truly life saving technology."

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Telstra sees health benefits in internet-enabled devices - Sydney Morning Herald

Telstra sees health benefits in internet-enabled devices - Sydney Morning Herald | Benefits of Using the Internet (Supporting Utopian Views of the Web) | Scoop.it
Smart watches, driverless cars and internet enabled fridges may grab headlines, but the internet of things has the potential to transform healthcare and save lives, Telstra chief scientist Dr Hugh Bradlow says.
Michelle Franco's insight:

Internet-enabled devices can be used to save lives. Using the right technology, some deaths caused by health conditions can be prevented. Internet-connected health devices on a person’s body with data analysis can react faster to a medical emergency. Early detection of a life threatening cause can allow doctors to fix something that is wrong or detect any anomaly and save a person’s life. There are already shirts with electrocardiogram (ECG) monitoring invented, but they require those who are wearing them or other caretakers to monitor and react to the results. If the ECG was able to transmit information to your phone that could be sent through the Internet using either WiFi or your 4G Network, it could save your life and provide doctors and scientists with information to help others in the future.

 

A great example from the article is about a man named John, who died from a heart attack. He had some symptoms in the morning but had nothing prior to that and he died in the afternoon," Dr Bradlow said. "In this utopian world I'm [Dr. Bradlow] portraying, he would have got a signal in the morning that says this guy has an anomaly, it would have alerted a human being, the human being would have dispatched an ambulance, he would have been put in hospital and his life would have been saved. This is truly life saving technology."

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Parents feel the benefits of the internet far outweigh its risks - TheHealthSite

Parents feel the benefits of the internet far outweigh its risks - TheHealthSite | Benefits of Using the Internet (Supporting Utopian Views of the Web) | Scoop.it
Washington, Nov 13: A new study has revealed that many parents are worried that the harm from being online outweighs the benefits but many also believe the opposite.
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A study discussed in this article revealed that a “slight majority” of parents (53%) believe that the benefits of the Internet outweigh the dangers. Many of the dangers that parents are worried about include stalkers and child molesters.

 

Parents discussing potential dangers of the Internet with their children will be very helpful in prevention. Parental controls are also available to block specific websites or supervise what kids are accessing. It is known that the Internet can be a dangerous place, but it also offers many tools and resources that are beneficial for people of all ages. Kids can use interactive websites to learn the alphabet, practice math, and educate themselves in other subjects. Many of these sites incorporate lessons and practice problems into games, which kids find to be more fun than traditional homework and learning. Exposing younger children to the Internet will also help them utilize it better in the future. Learning to use the Internet is almost like learning another language. The younger you are when you learn it, the easier it will be for you later in life. The Internet has become part of everyday lives and a necessity when it comes to educational success. In order to enroll in classes and access material for courses in college, you must be on the Internet. Overall, skills using the Internet are extremely useful and it is important to be able to work with it.

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Americans Feel Better Informed Thanks to the Internet - Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project

Americans Feel Better Informed Thanks to the Internet - Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project | Benefits of Using the Internet (Supporting Utopian Views of the Web) | Scoop.it
87% of online Americans say the web helps them learn new things, and 72% say it improves their ability to share ideas. Most enjoy having access to more information, rather than feel overloaded by it.
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A study was conducted and Americans say the Internet and cell phones with Internet access brings benefits in "learning, sharing, and diversifying the flow of information into their lives." The most current findings of the Pew Research Center are that 89% of American adults use the Internet. The Pew Research Center surveyed Americans and found that the “vast majority of Americans believe their use of the web helps them learn new things, stay better informed on topics that matter to them, and increases their capacity to share ideas and creations with others.”

 

Some previous concerns about information overload from the Internet addressed that people may feel overwhelmed by the Internet; however, this study proves that only a minority feels this way. Overall, people feel better connected to products and services available for sale, national and international news, friend updates (mainly on social media), neighborhood and government activity, and sharing of knowledge and ideas about specific issues.

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More Than 90 Percent of U.S. Households Have Three or More Devices Pinging the Internet

More Than 90 Percent of U.S. Households Have Three or More Devices Pinging the Internet | Benefits of Using the Internet (Supporting Utopian Views of the Web) | Scoop.it
And nearly half of American families have five or more Internet-connected devices.

Via Don Dea
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The number of household devices connected to the Internet has been consistently increasing each year in the United States. Ericsson’s latest quarterly stat-packed overview of the global Internet market released statistics that show how much Americans utilize the Internet. Here are significant findings relating to my topic of discussion (found in the article):
• “90 percent of U.S. households have three or more Internet-connected devices while just under half of households have five or more devices and nearly a quarter use seven or more devices. The average number of connected devices per household is 5.2, with that number seen to be climbing in the coming years.”
• “The U.S. continues to lead the way in LTE subscriptions, with more than 25 percent of mobile subscriptions in 2013 being of the LTE variety. That number is seen reaching 40 percent this year.”

 

The Internet is becoming more easily available in a large variety of ways with each year. It used to be that people could only access the Internet with dial-up service on computers. Over time, the Internet became wireless on laptops and phones. Tablets and other electronic notebooks are also available in any electronic store. Further research taught me that companies like Apple Inc. like to have their products connect to each other to better convenience their customers. It is also a tactic that convinces people to stay within Apple, because consumers can use their laptops/tablets and phones simultaneously. I also read about many projects by different companies that are working towards providing Internet access to areas that need it. I believe that some of these projects will be successful and the Internet will be getting bigger and bigger.

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Don Dea's curator insight, December 10, 2014 1:04 AM
  • 97 percent of U.S. households have a mobile phone.
  • Total mobile traffic per smartphone in North America is projected to be 1.6 gigabytes this year, and seen to be nearly quadrupling to 6GB per month by 2020.
Ivette Rapaport's curator insight, December 10, 2014 7:54 AM

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Document destruction: How-to achieve the paperless office - ITProPortal

Document destruction: How-to achieve the paperless office - ITProPortal | Benefits of Using the Internet (Supporting Utopian Views of the Web) | Scoop.it
The paperless office is often described in a mythical fashion, in this article we cast off the shackles of fiction and reveal how you can go paperless.
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This advertisement shows one of many ways offices can go paperless.

 

Technology and the Internet allows for businesses and offices to go paperless. This helps the environment and saves companies a lot of time and money. Physical documents are vulnerable to damage, loss, or misfiling. Electronic document management allows for quick and easy searches to find the documents you need. Spending money on paper and ink will greatly decrease if only what is needed will be printed. You can create as many folders as necessary and it will not take up office space. Office documents can also be accessed from home if ever needed. They can also be sent to who ever needs that specific document, or send it overseas without having to wait for mail. Chain businesses can share documents through the Internet. Businesses can now be created completely paperless. Credit card transactions can be used instead of paper money and receipts can be e-mailed. Computer systems will hold onto all records. With advanced back-up systems (some of which are now connected to the Internet) can ensure that if anything goes wrong, there will be other forms of proof of purchase or another place that has these important documents stored.

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The App That Gives Control Back to Shift Workers

The App That Gives Control Back to Shift Workers | Benefits of Using the Internet (Supporting Utopian Views of the Web) | Scoop.it
WellStar's online scheduling system allows nurses to sign themselves up for the shifts they want.Original linkOriginal author: Fawn Johnson

Via jean lievens
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This advertisement targets nurses and doctors and introduces a system that allows them to sign up for shifts that they want.

 

The Internet transforms the work environment in many ways by providing workers with resources to make their every day lives easier. Doctors and Nurses, especially when working in the Emergency Room, can get called in at any time. Before the Internet, there was no way for doctors to have access to the main schedule. Changing shifts would also require contacting the main desk, who would have to contact other doctors or nurses, and report to who ever wanted to change his or her shift whether or not the switch would work. Now, the Internet allows for everyone to have instant access to the shift schedule and offers the options for people to communicate with the touch of a button. This can save time, money, and more importantly - lives.

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Dictionaries vs Internet

Dictionaries vs Internet | Benefits of Using the Internet (Supporting Utopian Views of the Web) | Scoop.it
With the annual review of what books we will require students to use in the
following year came a discussion of the merits of a dictionary as part of
this list.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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This article discusses the benefits of using the Internet instead of the traditional dictionary.

 

The Internet has taken resources that have been used for years to a whole new level. Before the Internet, when someone needed to find the definition of a word, check the spelling of a word, attempt to pronounce a word, he or she would use a dictionary. The Internet provides a lot more information for each word than a traditional dictionary, which is limited. There are many links available to see more examples and other ways to define the same word. Going online also enables one to click and listen to the correct pronunciation of a word with the option of it being read to the person instead of reading and attempting to sound it out. Images are also provided when searched for online. It is also a lot more convenience to have access to a dictionary without having to carry a traditional dictionary. Mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets provide people with access to the Internet wherever they go. This means that there is access to the dictionary online. Also, you can type in a word rather than look through pages and alphabetically search for a word one by one. Traditional methods of finding a word can be difficult and frustrating when one does not know the correct spelling. Online attempts to spell a word immediately offer suggestions that can lead you to the word you are searching for. Overall, students and teachers in today’s technology age use traditional dictionaries less, due to the benefits provided by the dictionaries on the Internet.

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11 Effective Ways to Use Twitter in Education ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

11 Effective Ways to Use Twitter in Education ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Benefits of Using the Internet (Supporting Utopian Views of the Web) | Scoop.it
November, 2014
Twitter is a social network of huge importance for us in education. We have posted several articles about it here inEducational Technology and Mobile...
....read more

Via Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby
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Social media sites like Twitter can be seen as distractions, but they can actually be helpful in education. This short yet informative source simply lists several uses that Twitter provides to help educate an individual.

 

Twitter is a form of communication and can be used to hold after class discussions or allow students to create an online community where they can share what they learned. It is also a place where students can ask questions regarding course materials. Using hash tags on Twitter can make it easy for students to focus on specific discussions by creating a unique hash tag for a class or assignment. Links can be posted to share online materials or get feedback on a completed work. Teachers and classes are becoming more modern with the advancement of technology. The Internet allows for students and teachers to communicate outside of the classroom, which enables student to work longer and learn more. Incorporating Twitter in education is another form of extra resource or help for a student who is working on an assignment.

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, December 8, 2014 10:03 AM

Keep in mind that Twitter has a "13 + " age requirement for an account. That won't keep those of you in high schools from using these great ideas, though! Enjoy.

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Internet delivery upgrade benefits rural communities - Bowling Green Daily News

Internet delivery upgrade benefits rural communities - Bowling Green Daily News | Benefits of Using the Internet (Supporting Utopian Views of the Web) | Scoop.it
Any time broadband service can be expanded in an area, it is beneficial.
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According to this article, “we live in the age of technology where people want access to the Internet at any given moment. To have this ability, they must have access to broadband where they work or reside.”

 

There are many areas that do not have Internet service. Can you imagine not being able to access any information from the Internet? Whether it is for schoolwork, work, directions, suggestions, or looking up a business phone number, the Internet provides us with what we are looking for with one quick search. Telephone companies plan to spend millions of dollars to provide broadband for people who live in areas that do not receive Internet service. This will be a life-changing asset for the people who are living in homes with no Internet service and businesses that depend on the Internet. Many businesses can now expand to these areas where they could not have before due to lack of Internet access. New businesses can provide new job opportunities and that will help the economy.

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'Ice Bucket Challenge' Going Viral To Raise Awareness About ALS ...

'Ice Bucket Challenge' Going Viral To Raise Awareness About ALS ... | Benefits of Using the Internet (Supporting Utopian Views of the Web) | Scoop.it
Several Boston Police officers took the “Ice Bucket Challenge” Tuesday to raise awareness for ALS.
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This link shows different people completing the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

 

I previously researched the impact the Internet had on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. The “Ice Bucket Challenge” went viral on the Internet and resulted in over $100 million in donations for the ALS Association. This nonprofit fundraiser reached people all around the world and not only raised millions of dollars, but also raised awareness about the disease. Traditional routines consisted of finding people who are passionate about the cause, further educating them, and then asking for donations. This challenge approached fundraising very differently. It asked for donations first, and education and awareness spread as the campaign picked up. Employing popular technology, personalizing campaigns, and spotlighting donors proved to be extremely effective. Participation in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge both influenced people and promoted a very good cause. Many celebrities participated as well. Not only were these role models completing the challenge, but most celebrities donated a lot more than $100, which is the amount requested to donate if failed to complete the challenge. Reaching people was easy because people spend a lot of time on social media. I think that nominating friends and family put a “spotlight” on them, and gave them a “push” to participate. It was a major accomplishment that the ALS Association raised so much money because during the same period of time during the same time last year, a fraction of this amount was made. Overall, social media and the Internet proves to be a powerful resource and successful way to reach people.

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How Digital Technology Found Utopian Ideology - P2P Foundation

How Digital Technology Found Utopian Ideology - P2P Foundation | Benefits of Using the Internet (Supporting Utopian Views of the Web) | Scoop.it
"In the mid-1990s, as the Internet and the World Wide Web went public, a utopian near consensus about their likely social impact seemed to bubble up out of nowhere. The Net would level social hierarchies, distribute and personalize work, and dematerialize communication, exclaimed pundits and CEOs alike. The protocols of the Net were said to embody new, egalitarian forms of political organization. They offered the technological underpinnings for peer-to-peer commerce, and with them, claimed many, an end to corporate power. And well above the human plains of financial and political haggling, suggested some, those same protocols might finally link the now-disembodied species in a single, harmonious electrosphere.

Via jean lievens
Michelle Franco's insight:

According to the article, scholars pointed out that new technologies as diverse as telephones and airplanes have always generated utopian hopes. This piece focuses on Internet aspects that became viewed as Utopian. I focused on the social benefits of the Internet and the Web. 

 

Utopian views of the Internet have been discussed since the introduction of this revolutionary technology. The Internet masks users and creates a "world" or "culture" where everyone is equal. The internet also connects people from all over the world. As I read this piece and looked up what certain terms meant, I found myself further researching. The Internet has the ability to give people a chance that they are never able to receive face-to-face. I read about a girl who was born deaf and was only able to communicate with people using sign language. When she was in her mid-teenage years, she learned how to use the Internet. She was able to interact with people on social media on the same level that everyone else interacted. She sat at her computer and responded to people's comments. She felt so included and did not think about her disability even once during her session. She also researched people who are just like her and made many new friends. Overall, the Internet allowed for this girl to feel more and more confident, until she found ways to interact and people to interact with where and with whom she no longer felt insecure.

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