How Surveillance Systems Will Impact Our Lives In the Next 10 Years?

Even before former NSA contractor Edward Snowden reveled just how much surveillance is going on in our world today, technology was already making it possible to collect personal data and monitor more activities. All of this increased surveillance has already had a big impact on our lives. Based on what we’ve seen so far in our society, there’s plenty of data available to suggest how surveillance systems and the ability to monitor just about everything will likely affect our lives over the next decade.

People’s Behaviors

Harvard researchers first studied the effects of being watched back in the 1920s based on observations of the behaviors of employees who knew they were being watched in the workplace. Today, there’s related research showing that people tend to change their behavior when they know they’re being observed. As cameras continue to be placed in more public places, expect humans to continue to be just as self-conscious in the future.

Positive Changes In Society

When used in parking lots, cameras decrease crime by more than 50 percent. Monitoring devices also help reduce speeding and fatal traffic accidents. Even body cameras used by police officers reduce the use of force by 60 percent and complaints from citizens by nearly 90 percent. We’re likely to see similar results over the next decade.

Increased Access to Health Services

In the health care industry, telemedicine, which involves remotely connecting with and monitoring patients, is expected to continue to become increasingly accessible. This can also be good news for patient with certain conditions or illnesses that require periodic monitoring. On a personal level, the same concept can be used to keep an eye on elderly loved ones or even a sick child who’s home from school.

Easily Accessible Security Features

Security systems are no longer only affordable by wealthy property owners. As prices continue to come down, expect more homeowners to be able to afford security systems. There are already set-ups that allow parents to know when kids are coming home from school and people who aren’t home to see who’s knocking on their door via their Internet-connected digital devices.

Smarter Homes

Monitoring does more than just deter criminals. Over the next decade, surveillance-related technology ( check ) will allow even more control over everything from which rooms are heated and cooled to when lights or turned on. Several studies, including some cited by the Department of Energy, suggest such monitoring can help homeowners save energy and make their living spaces more efficient and comfortable.

Craving More Human Intimacy

An interesting trend that may grow in popularity over the next decade is the desire to bring back some level of personal intimacy with social events like weddings and concerts. When everyone is constantly having smartphones shoved in their faces all the time, there’s an inherent fear that embarrassing moments could end up on the Internet for the entire world to see. Some companies are offering secure cases that can be used to encourage individuals to put their phones away so they can focus on the here and now instead of capturing every moment.

As technology evolves in the coming years, the one thing that can be predicted with certainty is that surveillance in all its various forms will continue to impact our lives. While there are many positive things that can be associated with increased monitoring, there will always be concerns about privacy. The challenge for the future is to find a happy medium with this technology so we don’t end up feeling like we’re constantly being watched in a collective fish bowl.

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