With all of the advantages that come with computer technology in present day the future, but with advantages there are many disadvantages. Most companies in some way depend on computers for their business. There’s a problem though, computers are disadvantage is the cost of not only buying the computer equipment and software but more hiring those few who do understand computers. Not only are computer experts needed to manage and maintain networks but also needed as trainers. As new software as well as hardware are introduced to companies, the employees must know how to operate all of it. This means that the company must take time out to train their employees and, as technology evolves, retraining of how to operate these programs and equipment. All of these training costs quite a bit of money in training and equipment, many employees are fired each year.
Some other factors which show disadvantages of ICT include:
– Machines work on electricity, and if you get a power cut you would be lift stranded and can’t do any work.
– Computers are machines, like if you get a stroke sometimes you loose your memory, in a computer if there is a technical hitch and the computer crashes or locks up and you haven’t saved anything you would loose all your data.
– Data would be destroyed if disks or files get damaged or corrupted.
– If your computer catches a nasty virus, it could corrupt all your important files.
– Due to the fact that now people can access and share data electronically, the information is less secure.
– Certain files are designed to open with only certain software, and would not open at a place where they don’t have that software.
– Staff wouldn’t be able to do anything unless they are computer literate or trained to using computers.
Use of ICT In the Wider World
Computers have, and will continue to transform every piece of our everyday life. Nowadays if you try to imagine life without ICT and the huge range of benefits and opportunities it gives you, it is virtually impossible. To look back at the benefits it has produced to us, you would be required to go back a good few years to before the industrial revolution, when every task was done by mankind and that also by hand, animals and tools also produced by the maker.
The use of ICT has made life so much easier for everyone, even after knowing it has some downsides. ICT has made a massive difference to all our lives, and has done very well for mankind.
In this report, I will be looking at some of the positive and negative effects of the ICT in the view of its social, economical, legal and finally moral implications.
As we see socially, the use of ICT has evolved fast, within the world of communications. Now it is much easier than before, to keep in touch with friends and relatives across the globe, be using Land or Mobile telephone. Another form of communication used is SMS or known as text messages, maybe the option of sending electronic mail, known as e-mail. Now with the option of video conference we can see our friends and loves ones where ever they are in the world, as if they are right next to us. With the many different choices given to us to communicate than before it allows us to stay in touch very easily.
Getting access to information is also much easier, as we don’t just have to go to libraries anymore to get the information. Using interactive CD-ROMS or maybe even getting it all of the internet. It is also now possible for Adults and Children to learn online, and therefore be assessed on what they have learnt, once they complete the assessment they will be given their qualifications. Thanks to the internet, we have the option now of home shopping, not just for clothes and electrical goods, now most big food superstores also deliver your weekly food shopping direct to your door.
Now with most of the country having access to satellite technology for sports and movies, video, DCD and even computer games consoles people can receive all the different types of entertainment they want and require. Tele-working is one of the modern day facilities we have to work from home, all you require is a telephone connection and access to the internet. As an employee they would be able to work from home connecting to the work server via the internet. So we could say basically you can say it is now possible to carry out your whole entire life, even without leaving the doorstep.
Modern day technology has made a vast difference to the world as a whole, including the local community’s as well. Enabling you to spread the word quicker than ever before. Benefiting the community as it is much used by the Police force to try and prevent crime before it happens and also to help detect and find criminals. All information about people who have a criminal record for any offences can be viewed and accessed from any Police Station in the country. Computers are used for a wide range of activities such as fingerprint identification, matching DNA and also to examine other gathered evidence collected from a crime scene. Detective’s jobs have become quite easier over the past few years thanks to the computers which does some of their work which also helps many crimes being solved at a much faster rate.
ICT is benefiting not just in one factor but in many factors, now we look at how ICT has brought huge developments in medicine without the use of computer advances the treatment of terminal illnesses would not have been made. Without ICT we are proud to say the development of drugs for the treatment would not be possible. The use of ICT for the above reasons could possibly improve life expectancy and also has saved and improved the quality of the people who become ill.
The use of ICT has also made it possible to find and change the way the plants and animals these days grow and develop. Computers help as a lot in research allowing us to genetically modify things and now with the help of ICT cloning or duplicating is now made possible. We at present in the UK are forbidden from carrying out genetic engineering and cloning on humans.
Moreover the use of ICT has revolutionised the way we totally work. Most organisations and businesses would not be able to function at all if it were not for the use of computers, as some company’s are fully based on the internet cutting out the middleman dealing direct with the customer. For instance if it was a online electrical goods company, it wouldn’t be able to function as all its orders are taken over the internet. Computers can make life so much easier and quicker, which means that less staff would be required. Nowadays robots can also do most of the work of people in the manufacturing industries such as cap production.
Most companies have realised and found from research that creating systems like the one that I have created greatly reduce the amount of work they need to put in, for the task they are required to complete. I feel that I can say with confidence that there would be hardly any difference between my system and one used commercially as I feel that mine would be used very easily in any organisation that have a huge number of staff.