Is Technology a Blessing or a Curse?

Whether we like it or not, we're hooked on technology. Whereas not that many years ago, cell phones, laptops, desks and tablets were more likely to be found in science fiction novels than in our homes, we've come to not only like technology, but rather on it.

However, is all this technology at our fingertips bringing us close or adding distance to one another?

The fact that today we take for granted that we can comfortably in our living rooms or in our offices and speak to someone on the side of the world through Skype or another webcam program is nothing less than amazing. Yet, we take it for granted. We can communicate in real time, send documents, videos, records, almost anything we want to anyone anywhere, and we do it as a matter of course and do not give it a second thought.

One would think that our ability to communicate with others globally would bring the world closer together. It was not that long ago that we would actually have to get in a car or a plane and travel to another city, state or country for a face to face meeting. It was also not that long ago that we had to use the US mail or pay a messenger service to send a document across town. Today, that is solved with the simple PDF.

But is the fact that we can communicate with anyone instantly making the world a smaller place, or a larger place? One would think that technology makes the world smaller and more intimate for obvious reasons. Today if we want to talk to a relative in China or Europe or Australia, we can do it any time, and usually for free on the internet.

But at the same time, these technological tools that we have at our disposal make it almost unnecessary to visit one another, sit down at a table and have a meeting or go for a walk together. Why go to the trouble of having lunch with someone when a simple text message can accomplish the same thing?

I submit that technology is a two-edge sword. Yes, we are added. When our hard drives crash, we panic, and rightfully so. Not only do we fear losing what is near, dear and important in our lives, we also now fear not being able to go on Facebook, or do email or video chat. We feel cut off from our friends, family and business associates.

How sad that we rely on gigabytes instead of a telephone. How sad that we see each other through words on tiny screens instead of face to face. Yes, technology is quick, but does it really take the place of a cup of coffee with a family member or friend? Hopefully not.

The key is to use technology, as we all do, but not lose sight of the personal touch that really keeps us in touch with each other. All of us would do well to put down the keyboard or handheld device once in a while and have a conversation in person.

Yes, a revolutionary thought.



Source by Harvey Farr

Factors to Consider When Choosing a Bitcoin Exchange

Bitcoin is not very different from a computer program or a mobile application that provides a personal wallet, allowing users to send and receive Bitcoins. Although there are many exchanges available for people seeking for an opportunity to trade or invest in BTC, knowledge on how the system works is critical before starting out. The process of transferring money over an exchange can be a rigorous process. It is not easy to acquire, which explains why it is important to involve Bitcoin brokers or exchange. The process of finding a broker or exchange is more than finding one with the best-looking website. The factors to consider when choosing an exchange include:

Liquidity

It is traded in a market where traders and investors are looking for an opportunity to sell or buy the currency. Therefore, it is advisable to consider the liquidity an exchange has. The term liquidity refers to the ability to sell an asset without the prices being affected significantly, in turn causing the prices to drop. When there are more sellers and buyers, the more the liquidity. Some of the largest exchange offer high selling prices, which in turn creates an effect that allows the system to generate into a large network where more people can join.

Proximity

Bitcoin remains relatively unregulated money, although the landscape is expected to change in the long-term. There is more exposure by financial industries and media in this regard. We will experience more governments wanting to exert some control over how monetary value is transmitted. This is attributed to the Governments need to check and prevent the instrument from being used for illegal activities, such as money laundering, illegal drug smuggling and terrorism. Because of the difference in prices it is important to verify the geographical location of any exchange. Furthermore, the location of the exchange will dictate to investors and traders what laws they have to follow.

Fees

Buying and selling does involve money. The money is ideally the incentive for the brokers or exchange. Nonetheless, unlike buying bonds or stocks, Bitcoin exchanges charge a percentage, while discount brokers used by most investors charge flat rate fees. The percentage model, purchasing and selling over time can prove expensive. Some of the popular exchanges charge higher percentage fees on the basis of a sliding scale, based on volume. Here, they charge less percent where more volumes have been traded within a period of thirty days.



Source by Jesskay Githu Raai