Technology: What Is It Good For

Okay, so there’ve been a few people questioning whether or not all the computers we have at our disposal are making a difference. Fair enough; most of the projects I’ve been involved with have been, well, less than socially constructive. It’s not that they’re useless, its just that big computer installations are usually hidden away behind doors processing funds or mining data or processing orders for other computers.
That’s why it was refreshing to stumble across this story, about the system which some say has helped New York get out of its crimestorm of a few years ago. For once, computers are getting information from the real world, processing it, turning it into information which in turn has an impact on the real world. No 3D graphics, no virtual reality, just a simple idea well executed.
Don’t you wish they were all like that?