20 Nov CTA’s Gary Shapiro: The Night the Lights Went Out in Napa
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Experiencing a recent stay in a high-tech Napa Valley hotel as wildfires approached andelectricity was lost inspired a change in Consumer Technology Association President and CEO Gary Shapiro‘s thinking on technology. “I found the experience transformational,” Shapiro writes on Re/code. “Both individually and societally, we make ourselves incredibly vulnerable
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by relying on tech without some redundancy – also known as backup capabilities.”
“These horrific fires and the recent devastating hurricanes, as painful as they are, provide crucial learning opportunities. The level of redundancy built into devices and platforms should be tied to the cost, inconvenience and harm from technological failure,” Shapiro writes, giving examples ranging from commercial airplanes to automated home systems, flashlights and even home entertainment.
“For example, I have been frustrated many weekend evenings when I planned to stay home and watch a movie, but my broadband provider failed to provide a usable signal. The obvious solution was to invest a few hundred dollars in an Ultra HD Blu-ray player and buy or rent movies,” he relates.