5 ways technology is making your life better
Technology is one of the most exciting and revolutionary fields of human development. It has created an entirely new world of possibilities and opportunities in business, education, entertainment, and so much more. Here are just 5 ways technology has made our lives better over the last 100 years or so.
5 ways technology is making your life better
- The Internet
- Income Gap
- Medical Advances
1. The Internet
It’s hard to imagine a world without it. The Internet has given us access to information, which makes us more productive and efficient. It’s allowed business owners access to new markets and customers, which allows them to grow their companies. It’s an educational tool that helps people learn faster—sometimes even in creative fields like writing or design. And because of these things, people are having more success than ever before. Technology is changing our lives for the better, allowing us to be happier, healthier, and (usually) wealthier too. So go ahead: thank technology for all its benefits! And if you want to see even more improvements in your life down the road? Ask for them (politely). Technological progress isn't going anywhere anytime soon! Tech improvements – health care, education, and entertainment have benefited greatly from technological innovation in recent years. With increased computing power coming out every day, there is much room for improvement when it comes to how we handle data and transfer it between various components of different systems used by governments, businesses, and social groups around the globe.
If you’re in school, you already know how helpful computer-based learning can be. In some schools, iPads are becoming ubiquitous as a tool for delivering homework assignments and classroom content. With access to a powerful search engine like Google or Bing, students have easy access to articles and encyclopedias from all over the world. And if you ever need help from one of your classmates, use apps like Slack or Dropbox Paper to get in touch with them instantly. Education doesn’t have to be about spending time sitting in a classroom—it can happen anywhere at any time as long as you have an Internet connection. When it comes to education, technology is changing everything. ##Opportunity: It’s never been easier to find a job based on where you live—or where you want to live. The advent of Internet-enabled smartphones means people are constantly connected, providing unprecedented opportunities for connecting businesses and potential customers. Virtual worker networks allow people looking for jobs or employment opportunities to find work that fits their own hours, preferences, and skillset rather than attempting a full workweek at a corporate office they don't even want to be near.
Even as advances in computing have fueled cars that can drive themselves, we’re already seeing self-driving vehicles hit streets. Research into self-driving vehicles has been around for years, but now tech companies are putting them to work. Google has a fleet of more than two dozen self-driving Toyota Priuses and Lexus RX 450h SUVs with which it's logged more than 700,000 miles on California roads. And Tesla Motors rolled out an over-the-air update to its Model S sedans last fall that lets drivers activate their car’s Autopilot feature—which allows cars to keep pace with traffic, maintain distance from other vehicles, and change lanes without driver input—on highways only. But how soon before I can tell my boss I won’t be driving to work anymore? Maybe sooner than you think: It seems likely that every major auto manufacturer will launch some sort of autonomous vehicle within 10 years. According to USA Today, 20 automakers (including BMW, Ford, Honda, Jaguar Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Subaru, and Volvo ) have joined forces with tech giants Apple and Google. They're all working toward what they call highly automated driving, which doesn't mean completely autonomous cars but rather something like super cruise control. In fact, many brands are sticking with what they know: Ford's CEO Mark Fields said he expects his company will still sell millions of traditional vehicles after 2021 because not everyone wants a self-driving car or can afford one.
4. Income Gap
The U.S. has had an income gap for decades, but it hasn’t always been as obvious as it is today. The disparity between high-income households and low-income households has been increasing steadily since 1970. In 2010, roughly 15 percent of American families lived below their county’s poverty line; in New York County (Manhattan), 4 percent of families lived below their county’s poverty line. High-income earners didn’t only pull ahead of low-income earners; they pulled ahead of middle-class earners too—in Manhattan and across America. On average, Americans with incomes in the top quintile earned 9.2 times more than those with incomes in the bottom quintile. Technology plays a role: Computers have shrunk job prospects for people without a college education and are expanding job prospects for people with postgraduate degrees. As computers become smarter, middle-skill jobs will continue to disappear, which could increase income inequality even further down the road. But that doesn’t mean the technology isn’t helping society overall .
5. Medical Advances
Most hospitals and clinics use a system called EMR or Electronic Medical Records. Technology makes it easier for doctors to access information about their patients' medical history, which helps them diagnose diseases more quickly. Most of these records are stored on cloud servers, which means that medical practitioners can work from anywhere in the world and share information quickly with each other. Hospitals are even beginning to start using artificial intelligence to make decisions about patient treatment options, which will save money and potentially increase survival rates. And let's not forget how much we love our smartphones! Many people store vital health information on their phones because they're always with us. But many apps also have security features that allow users to contact emergency services if they're injured but unconscious and unable to tell first responders what's wrong (or there's no cell signal). The ability to easily communicate via video chat has increased doctor efficiency by allowing physicians living in remote areas where travel time between appointments is too high and limiting travel opportunities during difficult seasons such as winter months. Even those of us who have never had symptoms are probably familiar with colonoscopy screening, which can detect colon cancer at an early stage when treatment has a much higher chance of success than if caught later in its development cycle.
The internet has revolutionized communication, education, and business. It’s hard to overstate its impact on society. The world has truly become a smaller place with access to information at our fingertips. With 5G and next-generation wireless tech about to change how we connect, there’s never been a better time for technological progress.