Do your shoes just refuse to stay tied? Well, Nike may have a solution for you!
The Adapt BB are a concept pair of smart, self-lacing shoes with Bluetooth compatibility. These shoes will be designed to adapt to each wearer’s feet.
While the Adapt BB is still in development, Nike have already released HyperAdapt 1.0 and Mags, both of which offer connectivity to your smart phone and a range of adaptive features to help your shoes match your needs.
The potential to solve footwear problems with smart shoe technology is in line with advancements made in other fields as well. There are many devices around you that use smart technology to help improve your experience.
They have been developed to perform ancillary functions based on patterns in decision making, which could be a marker for preference. Smart devices will improve efficiency and increasingly match your pattern to improve your experiences.
However, these products are not always guaranteed to work just right. Here are a few concerns that smart technologies may attract.
Limited growth capability
Unlike AI, which offers exponential growth potential, smart technologies are limited to the efficient provision of specific functions.
They will usually be shackled by the knowledge level of their developers, which is bound to be outdated. By embracing smart technology, we will be limiting our potential for the use of technology for growth across different fields.
Potential for corruption
Smart technology offers no protection against the use of certain functions to perpetuate crime and other deviant activity. Consider the conversation involving artificial intelligence in self-driving cars, with moral issues such as the trolley problem being addressed even before it is conceptualized.
In contrast, no such moral obligation has been placed on smart technology and the already realized potential for harm, such as through the use of smart phones for bomb detonation due to remote connectivity features.
Smart technology offers no safety measures against corruption.
How to address the shortfall of smart technology
During the manufacturing process, all features should be explored to help understand potential flaws and address them. This will help reduce the likelihood that the technology can be used for malicious purposes.
Creating a failsafe for this type of technology in the event of failure could help lower the risk, but will only serve cosmetic purposes. Limiting the decision-making capability of machines featuring this technology could also help keep any risk levels down, and ensure that both users and others around them are protected.