Apropos of the column “Honey I am shrinking the device” (May 7). Technology has been shrinking personal computers and digital devices ever since their inception and the trend is irreversible. Wearable devices are the current rage and their numerous applications are the driving force. Recently, some students appearing for an exam were caught cheating using the latest smart watch, a wearable device perfectly suited for this type of activity. Accepting the fact that this technology can be misused to perform various undesirable activities, the advantages outweigh the disadvantages, especially to aid the disabled to become self-reliant. Wearable technology with powerful sensors will ultimately help people to become more alert, self-reliant and be in better control of their personality. Services offered by various companies can be made more automated and user-friendly.
Media forgets empathy
Apropos of “Unwelcome relief”, this is not the first time that the Indian TV crews have received flak for their style of functioning particularly while covering incidents under tragic circumstances. The general complaint is that the crew of different channels vie with each other to present stories as breaking news, conveniently throwing ethics and media-dharma to the winds. We were witness to the inhuman behaviour of different channels when Mumbai, particularly the Taj Palace Hotel, was under siege and, at one stage, the rescue team also started feeling their presence quite inconvenient to continue with their operations. In the face of every reporter who rushed towards the saved in Nepal, we found no sympathy or empathy but only an insatiable anxiety only to be the first to gather the stories of the travails undergone by them and flash it on their channel. They have behaved in Nepal in a manner that attracted the wrath of the sorrowful survivors and this is the starkest testimony of their crudity and the sadistic delight they get out of such devastation. Indeed, shame on Indian TV media.