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May 8, 2018 > Letter to the Editor: Tap an app in the garden

Letter to the Editor: Tap an app in the garden

I am writing to express my interest in the gardening technology highlighted in this article [Tap an app in the garden, Tri-City Voice, May 1, 2018, pg. 13] especially in light of controversy associated with current technology. While opinions surrounding technology differ from person to person, I believe this article showcases how technology can be used as a helpful tool for society.

Amid the cyber security hacking, data breaches, and major political influences along with countless other controversial issues associated with technology, it is nice to read an article centered around the good that can be done with it.

IÕve recently taken an interest in gardening and could use all the help and advice I can get. Knowing that there are applications available instantly that allow me to advance my gardening hobby highlights the good in technology.

I was particularly intrigued by the app PlantSnap which uses facial recognition. In general, facial recognition has taken some heat in the news for fears of compromised privacy or widespread use of this technology in law enforcement or marketers. Knowing that this feature can be beneficial for the general public, in this case gardening help, is encouraging.

Additionally, as a babysitter, I have found that it can be incredibly difficult to peel kids away from their favorite television shows. This article highlights another app, Gro Garden, that provides educational fun, a concept that many parents and teachers are quite fond of, by allowing kids to learn about sustainable gardening. I am grateful for the developments of apps like these that both children and their parents can be happy about.

All in all, I believe it is crucial that we hold tight to the positives that come along with technology. It is easy to associate the major technological developments with a dystopian future where the negative impact prevails; however, we can still fall back on technologyÕs use as a tool to aid in the cultivation of new passions - like gardening.

Molly Lanigan

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