I recently read that a woman has decided to sue her former employer after they fired her for deleting an app from her phone. This reminded me of one thing that I want to share with you here on the Htet Tayza blog today. Technology is what we make of it.
Rise of the machines
There’s one thing that continually frustrates me about how pop culture views modern technology. We seem to think that the machines have the ability to take over. Think of the Matrix Trilogy and you’ll understand what I mean.
But what many people fail to understand is that technology is nothing more than a tool that we can use to make our lives better. Think of the internet as the perfect example. It can be used to find information, connect to people who live thousands of miles away and even live out an alternate reality. Yet it can also be used to stalk and harass people. It’s how we use technology that matters.
The workplace management app
It’s a workplace management app. It allows bosses to track the movements of their employees when they’re away from the office. Xora advertises its ability to “see the location of every mobile worker on a Google Map” to show “where they have been, the route they have driven and where they are now.”
Woman sues boss for tracking her every move
In good hands, this is an innovative piece of tech. Say you run a repair service, for example. When you receive a phone call from a new client, you could use Xora to see which employee is closest to their location and send them out to complete the task, which would make your entire operation more efficient.
However the story I’m about to tell you shows that it can be seriously mis-used in the wrong hands. An American sales executive called Myrna Arias has decided to sue her employer for firing her after she deleted Xora from her phone. The company she worked for, Intermex, required her to download Xora for work purposes, however she alleges in her lawsuit that “she was required to keep her phone’s power on ‘24/7’” even when she wasn’t working. She also said that her boss admitted it to using Xora to track her activities whilst she was off the clock.
Tech can make the world a better place
This has shown me that it’s intention that matters when it comes to technology. I think with new tech being developed every day, we need to keep this in mind if we want to ensure that new technological marvels make the world a better place.