Problems the World Faces and How We Address them

With the world becoming more advanced in technology and our reliance on electronics increasing, a shift in how we hold on to our information, monitor our information, and lastly view our world today with current events is constantly changing.  As the world becomes more chaotic the government agencies use our own phones and electronics against us to monitor what we are doing to try and prevent terrorists attacks, or so we are led to believe they are.

 

After watching Citizen Four, a documentary about Edward Snowden, who worked for Booze Allen Hamilton, leaked a top secret files from the NSA that show the agency was actively spying on American citizens on a massive scale. The documentary highlighted many key problems we are facing in the 21st century and post 9/11 era where there is a lack of trust between the government and its people.  Through Snowden’s findings he was able to see how the NSA was tracking and monitoring the civilian populations in the U.S. and abroad into other countries which heavily violates privacy laws. According to the Googlization of us reading, it is evident that information is out there and readily available on us.  Even if Google was to be bought out there is no way for us as users to purge out data from the systems already in place.  It is also visible that the Google privacy policy is lacking the ability to make the information private.  Google then shares this information with subsidiaries, affiliated companies, and other trusted businesses or persons for the purpose of processing personal information and that information is to be used in good faith.  The implications are staggering of what can be done with our information and how it can be used to create advertisements and essentially is being used just for us to see more ads and for markets to target us specifically. By exposing the NSA monitoring we learned that our privacy is not so safe and that whatever we put out there on the internet and electronically it is there forever.

 

With all this data being used another question that comes to mind is if the most efficient and green methods are being applied to store our information in data warehouses.  Most of the data centers use massive amounts of energy and use them in a wasteful manner. The data centers run maximum capacity around the clock no matter the demand thus resulting in a 90 percent or more waste in electricity they pull off the grid.  To prevent a situation of a power failure the centers rely on generators that emit diesel exhaust.  Due to the large amount of data being distributed

With all of the controversy in the world with spying and other scenarios brought to light, games can shed light on these current events. By having games that people can play that simulate and show a somewhat fun side to real life issues there is an awareness that is also brought to them through the games.  The games are simple and can be played on virtually any computer.  The point of the games is to show problems the world faces such as layoffs, terrorism, spying, and many more issues.  The games are fun in a sense, but also at the same time give us a message that displays the issues at hand that the game presents.  The games prove to show an underlying meaning behind some of the biggest controversies we see in today and make the user choose between fates of people and places that has and does occur in the real world essentially.

All these issues we see today can be put into a game that can then be turned into a fun interactive experience to teach those who may not have a fundamental understanding of controversies in today’s time then get a better one.  By allowing people to play games that simulate real problems like climate change and government oppressions, the sky is the limit for how many games can be created for each issue presented in the real world.

 

Siva Vaidhyanathan (2011) The Googlization of Everything (And why we should worry)  Retrieved from  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4_F8lxpywuFNHlFdUZycEx3cjQ/view

Glanz, J. (2012). Power, Pollution and the Internet. Retrieved November 15, 2016, from http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/23/technology/data-centers-waste-vast-amounts-of-energy-belying-industry-image.html

Bogost, Ian   Ferrari, Simon  Schweizer Bobby (2010) Retrieved from https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4_F8lxpywuFbFkzR09jWkpjdTg/view