Wearable 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
A. READING COMPREHENSION
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)
- a. Wearable technology has just been discovered.
- b. Technology applied to soldiers will never be applied to people in general.
- c. Wearable technology is not radically different from what you wear already.
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...
- a. provide a solution to the issue of privacy.
- b. raise further dilemmas about privacy. X
- c. destroy human privacy altogether.
- 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
- a. think that you will only buy technology that looks like something you own.
- b. think that wearable technology is something you will soon need. X
- c. think that betting money on wearable technology is not profitable.
B. COMPOSITIONWhat do you think of wearable technology? Has it got any future in your opinion? (130 to 150 words approximately) (4 points)