Look around; you will find technology impacting almost every aspect of our everyday lives. Whether it’s the laptop we work on, the driverless cars we use to get to work, the news we read online, the virtual meetings on Zoom, or even the cappuccino we drink, we owe it to technology.
One of the biggest impacts of technology in our lives in recent times has been communication. Gone are the days of snail mail and landline phones; now, smartphones have made it possible to video-call one another across continents. Instagram messages and Whatsapp messages are instant, and the costs of data transfer are affordable for most people. When the pandemic forced us to stay indoors, it was these technological innovations that ensured we didn’t lose our minds. Social distancing may have stopped in-person socializing, but social media made sure we stayed in touch with our loved ones through those challenging times.
Look how technology made it possible for employees to work from home, for food to get delivered to the doorstep, and for medicines to reach hospitals for immediate treatment. Those who had not even heard of Zoom found this to be the only means of communication with their families. This platform made sure work didn’t stop, that work calls continued as before, and that online conferences and webinars became as exciting and enriching as in-person ones.
With the integration of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning in different industries like fintech, healthcare, and education, manual tasks can be easily automated. This saves time and boosts productivity for businesses. Healthcare management has been revolutionized because of technological advancements like surgical robots, AI in data collection, telemedicine, and drones delivering medical supplies to people in remote places, war-torn areas, or during natural calamities.
With lockdowns shutting schools all across the globe, students adapted to new ways of learning through online technology. Classes continued online so that education could continue unaffected in spite of teachers and students not being able to travel to schools and colleges. While online learning did have its initial setbacks and shortcomings, the world at large has embraced this.
Technology has made sure we enjoy good food, good movies and games, and good entertainment all the time. You don’t even need to step outside your home for anything these days. Fitness-conscious individuals can continue to work out through online aerobics and yoga classes and keep a check on their health and fitness goals through smartwatches and wearables.
Look at the convenience of contactless payments; all you have to do is punch in a security pin on a payment app and your money can get transferred. There’s no need to take out cash from the nearest ATM or carry it in your wallet for making payments anymore. Technological innovations like the Point of Sale accept electronic payments and create electronic receipts. Today, you don’t need a brick-and-mortar store to start selling products. You can start a business in your garage and make millions through a website and app.
To sum up, we cannot live without technology. The good thing is technology is continuously evolving, and what is trending now will soon become passe. But human creativity and intelligence will continue to find ways to do things better than before.