As with businesses, there are opportunities – and necessities – for governments embracing the opportunities that digital technology provides. Digital government most likely involves digitizing the interfaces of government – at least with other governments, with citizens, with businesses, and with other organizations. So, it would seem that it is aimed largely at efficiency. However, the digital future for government may be the dawn of a whole new era that redefines the role of government.
I was recently in a meeting, and someone pulled out their iphone and dragged the end of it down their upper left arm. This individual explained that as a diabetic, he is now able to check his blood sugar level as much as he likes and therefore is able to keep his levels much more in balance that previously. And he’s able to do it without painful ‘pin pricks’ previously required for a brief blood test.
The advancement of digital technology is enabling ‘fintech’, or a new breed of financial technology, which represents a major reorganization of the services offered in the financial services industry. Banks and other financial institutions have long been entrenched as intermediaries between the financial system – financial services offered - and consumers. With fintech, the traditional ‘all under one umbrella’ approach of intermediaries is disappearing as people increasingly use computers and mobile devices.
Our digital future will likely see the continued explosive growth of the subscription economy. The key driver is that, as the world becomes more complex and fast-paced, people will increasingly opt to have access to what they want, but not necessarily own it. In so many cases, the time, space, and money needed to own something – for example a pool, a swing set, or a car – may exceed the benefits of owning that thing.
Confucius said, “Without knowing the force of words, it is impossible to know men.” The largest part of your brain is the cerebrum (Suh-Ree-Bruhm). The folds and bumps give it an-other-worldly look. It’s divided into two halves and they are connected by the corpus callosum (Kor-Pus-Kuh-Loh-Suhm). It has a big job—helping you to do what you want to do; it controls memory, speech, intelligence, emotions and personality. We all use both sides of our brain, but the left side is adept at logic, organization, math, grammar and vocabulary; and, the right side of your body.
For medical reasons, implantable technologies such as a pacemaker, help to regulate someone’s heart. Other implanted functions have been used to help the deaf hear and may one day be used for treatments for Parkinson’s Disease, epilepsy, and Tourette’s syndrome. They might also in the near future be engineered to help control obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). While information and communication technology (ICT) seems promising on one hand, employees have had microchips embedded in their hands for work issues.
The Backseat For our most precious: kids under 13 need to ride in the backseat as it is the safest place. Infants and toddlers should ride in a car seat that faces the back window until they are at least two years old. The seat itself is strapped into the car. It is recommended to buy a kid’s booster seat after a child is two and of a substantial size—it is oriented face front, and they will wear seat belts the right way woven through the chair.
Plastic Production Plastic is everywhere. In fact, if you look at your surroundings, you will see multiple plastic items—colored pens, mirror frames, a hair brush, toys and balloons, lamps, food bottles, a garden hose, a button, a pail, a drinking straw, a contact lens and more. Basically, plastic is a synthetic material made from oil, a raw material—you could say it is made up of recycled dinosaurs (or fossil fuels). It can be molded into any shape and take on any color.
What is Secondhand Smoke? Secondhand smoke consists of the plume of chemicals and burning agents that come off the tip of a lit cigarette, cigar or pipe, including the smoke that is released from the mouth of a smoker. It is hard to escape. If someone in your home only smoked in one room, the chemicals created can spread quickly from room to room and can hang around for almost five hours.
Every day the message to consumers tells us the marketplace for personal care products and home cleaning products is complicated, and that switching to natural or organic products is the way to go. But where do you go to decipher labels; and if the product is not monitored by the government, how can we believe what is really “natural” or “organic”? Following you will find what some of the labels mean in terms of certification.