You have heard what life without technology was like from your elders, you are experiencing how technology is influencing your life, but are you curious to know what’s the future of technology and its impact on future generations? I guess you all are looking forward to knowing about it. So let’s explore the evolution of technology in an interesting way. Technology belongs to one of those few inventions that took very little time to become an important part of our lives, and now it seems that without technology most of us cannot even imagine a life. This does make sense considering the transformation that technology has brought into our daily lives and society.
Our Past And Technology
Before the beginning of the 21st century, very few people were a part of the online community. The others were struggling to adopt technology while some didn’t care enough about it. The technology allowed us to witness so many trends as well as experience drastic changes. Isn’t it fascinating to know that just in two decades the number of users of mobile devices has increased from a few million to billions now? All thanks to technology which is providing us convenience and simplifying our life.
Back then people had to wait in the long queue to speak to the ones they wanted to by using the technology of the past, and even after that, it was a struggle to connect with them. Now we can carry technology with us anywhere and everywhere we go, but it was not always like this. Think about the telephone, feeling nostalgic already? Yeah, we had the telephone in the past, quite a popular technology of those times. This technology allowed people to connect with others they wanted to talk to by simply letting them dial a few digits. It was considered a blessing in the past for a reason, as previously they could only send messages that took several weeks to be delivered and a couple of more weeks to get a reply.
Our Present And Technology
Let’s look at some present technology to better understand its evolution. Starting with the internet – without the internet, we can’t really talk about technological progress, can we? We can easily find WiFi connections in public places, and even if for some reason, there isn’t one, we still have an internet connection on our devices. We are not disconnected anymore by barriers, we are part of an online community provided we have an internet connection and a device. Businesses use the internet to make themselves available to their target consumers and fulfill their needs. Now we have online streaming platforms for our entertainment and there is a continuous cut down in the usage of cable connections.
The rise of technology has witnessed more data creation leading to storage concerns on devices. But it was not long before we faced this issue, that we found a solution. The solution was cloud technology, giving you the flexibility to store as much data as you want without compromising the storage of your devices. The best part of this technology is that now you can have your data forever, plus access it anytime and anywhere you want. Here are few examples of how the present technology is like –
No doubt technology is a foundation of the online community but did you know there is a company named 7Cups that provides free support to people experiencing emotional distress. Basically, they take tests of users who want to become a listener, and once they qualify, they are eligible to become a listener and help people via chat who come to them with their problems.
The other technology is Fitbit, it allows you to take better care of your health. Using this technology, now you can track your sleeping patterns, heart rate, the oxygen level in your blood, and many more factors, thus allowing you to make careful and informed health decisions for yourself.
Our Future And Technology
We cannot be sure what the future will look like with advanced technologies but we can study the patterns and speculate. Currently, for identification purposes, our palms and fingers are scanned but eventually, our hands will become a scanner and we will have sensors implanted in us. We have basic personal AI assistants on our devices like Google Assistant, and with advancements, these assistants powered by AI will be able to understand the meaning of the texts so well and recite it to us that it would become difficult to distinguish them from a human. Everyday activities like planning our day, scheduling our meetings, planning trips, and ordering things will become easier using these future technologies. We have machine learning concepts that allow these technologies to understand and learn better.
We can also see positive transformation in the energy sector with future technologies. These technologies will help us to eliminate carbon footprints and also find alternatives to better deal with climate change concerns. More technologies like carbon dioxide removal would be developed with the capability of limiting issues like global warming. These technologies will eliminate the relevant amount of carbon dioxide from the air. The advancement in virtual reality technology will blur the line between physical space and virtual space in the future. AI technology will help people connect on an emotional level. In simple words, future technologies will help us to build real connections based on emotions.
We started our discussion from the time when we stood in the queue to use the technology of those times to connect with people to the time when we will be able to connect with them in an instant irrespective of external barriers. With the advancement in technology, there is a possibility that things can get better from here, but on the other hand, if it is not controlled and monitored, there is a possibility that things can get worse too. In either case, technology will still evolve and when we will look back now from the future, we will only realize how far we have come and how far we can reach.