The rise of wearable technology - PAU Comunidad Valenciana 2015

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The rise of wearable technology - Google's glassesWearable  technology  (the  one you wear on  your  body) is  hardly  a new phenomenon. But thanks to the internet and computing  speed,  a whole  new world of possibilities  is opening  up, and  with  it comes a lot of questions that may eclipse all previous debate over online privacy.
Governments around the world are pouring money into wearable tech. US soldiers have been testing a device that can locate the exact place of gunfire and display it on a small screen attached  to  a soldier’s  body armour.  Devices  are  also  being  used to monitor  soldiers’  health.  Many  of these technologies are likely to filter down to civilian life. Indeed, wearable technology makes you look at technology in a different way. We are moving to a world where technology interacts with us –you are not just staring at a screen. It is suggesting things to you. Maybe go for a walk, or reminding you that you need to shop for food.
But supporters of privacy are increasingly concerned. People need to be very careful about the ways in which they adopt technology. There is always an issue with who uses your data. Who else is seeing this? Employers?  Insurance  companies?  Much  of  these data  will  be  stored  in  the  “cloud”,  which  is not secure. And this is just the start. Google’s glasses will potentially be watching your every move.
Do  you  really  need  another  device?  There’s  a  lot  of money  betting  that  you  soon  will  and  this  new device will look a lot like something you own already (a belt, a watch, glasses). The body is the new tech battleground,  and  wearable  tech  may  be  about  to  become  the  21st-century  version  of  body armour.
Adapted from an article by Dominic Rushe, The Observer



I. Answer the following questions using your own words but taking into account the information in the text. (2 points: 1 point each)
  • a. Why does wearable technology make us look at technology in a different way? (PAR 2)
  • b. Why is there an issue with who uses your data? (PAR 3)

II. Are the following statements true (T) or false (F)? Identify the part of the text that supports your answer by copying the exact passage on the answer sheet. (1.5 points: 0.5 each)

III. Find a synonym for each of the four words below from these six options. (1 point: 0.25 each)
eclipse     locate     monitor     concerned     secure     move

IV.      Choose a, b, or c, in each question below. Only one choice is correct. (1.5 points: 0.5 each)      
1. The new possibilities created by wearable technology...
2.  We have to be careful about how we adopt technology because...
  • a. with technology, our data are only private in the cloud.
  • b. with technology, our data are given to employers when contracting people.
  • c. with technology, we are losing our right to privacy. X
3.  Technological companies...


What do you think of wearable technology? Has it got any future in your opinion? (130 to 150 words approximately) (4 points)

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