In Good Times and Bad Times

Some technologies are a part of a continuum, the evolutional next stage meaning that their creation is long foreseen and expected. They stand as signs of constant progress that had been naturalized by the first Industrial Revolution. Such inventions are the offspring of “What about?” questions, like “What about an iron that works with electricity instead of coal?”. Some others, on the other hand, are responses to “What if?” questions that are generally posed following failures. This is not so sharp a distinction as expressed for in time, these categories become mutually permeable, but what we are talking about here, is the origin story.

Alan Turing devised his infamous Turing Machine in the pressing atmosphere of the World War II, and helped saving lives, following the death of Cpl. Eric Lueken, the U.S. Army decided to use rollers in front of armored vehicles to detonate possible mines with pressure to keep them from harming officers. Ottomans created a traditional way of vaccination for smallpox that was used during the recurrent outbreaks between 1701-1825. This method is described in detail by Lady Wortley Montagu in her Turkish Embassy Letters. Edward Jenner, who is known to be the father of smallpox vaccine, introduced his method in 1796.

One side of the tech coin features grown men with an eccentric taste of clothing toying with ideas that would cause us the outlanders raise our eyebrows; it features a constantly renewed sense of euphoria, and an almost childlike sense of curiosity. Yhe other side is engraved with a sense of responsibility and a constant deliberation on catastrophe. Most firms get the valley-side up, the colorful mise-en-scene every time they get to flip the coin, but for some others, there is no choice.

We are among a handful of firms who deliberately chose tails, the burdenous path, and we devote a lot of energy into keeping light, imagination, and curiosity within our borders Imagining what is desired is a source of pleasure; a moment stolen from a possible future that you badly want, but may or may not reach. Imagining the worst, the unwanted, on the other hand, is an anxiety-triggering business. In such an atmosphere we contend light and energy to go on within ourselves in  a jar made of consolations. When we design a 360° scanning module for our identification system that would allow us to identify latent prints in crime scenes, prints taken from victims of natural disasters or terrorist attacks, and prints of those deceased in mass casualty incidents,we try to focus on consolations. We focus on the perpetrator who could not go far away because his prints were rapidly processed and tracked by the law enforcement, or the people who lost their lives in natural disasters or terrorist attacks who should be laid to rest by their loved ones, and little consolation that those loved ones could have from closure. Similarly, when we are thinking about creating a biometrics-based, central record  system that would be inclusive of all centers from teaching hospitals to neighborhood clinics, we  try to focus on the people who got injured in such incidents and locating them within the healthcare system as fast as possible, so families waiting with heavy hearts could learn the whereabouts and the condition of their relatives as soon as possible. We focus on children whose full histories are recorded and classified dutifully so the correct diagnosis would not miss a physician’s eye, and for serious illnesses, a treatment plan hitting the target can be devised early on.

To many, our motivations might seem bleak, but when it is too late to prevent catastrophes, or in the cases of natural disasters, when catastrophe is unavoidable and countermeasures fell short of expectation, in the darkest of moments, hope, determination to reconstruct, rebuild, or devise more effective methods arise from that little consolation, the little bandage on deep wounds.


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