One of the most incredible things about the modern world is the way technology is continuing to advance. Every year, it seems like new, innovative gadgets and services are popping up all around us. While the advancement of technology undeniably has its downsides, there's no arguing against the fact that it has numerous benefits. Here, we'll examine a few of the ways that innovation and technology regularly improve our lives.
Advanced Communication Methods
It wasn't that long ago that there were only a few ways to communicate with friends, family members, and business associates. You could either see them in person, call them on a landline, or mail them a letter. That was pretty much it.
Now, with smartphones, email, instant messengers, video conferencing, and all of the other advanced ways we can communicate, it's incredibly easy to get in touch with the people in your life. Not only does this technology make things easier, but it also saves us a lot of time and hassle.
Of note was the rise of video conferencing in 2020. With no other way to communicate, video conferencing kept us connected and able to be productive. Being able to talk to, and see your family and friends was a great gift. Many people would have lost their minds without it, not to mention the businesses that would have collapsed as well.
One of the coolest categories of innovation is virtual reality. While many people only think of VR in terms of the possibilities for gaming, it has other amazing uses as well, and those uses will only continue to expand as time goes on. One great example is a company like AppliedVR, which uses virtual reality for immersion therapy to help people with diseases and medical disorders. Soon, virtual reality will be making the world a better place in a variety of ways.
Another interesting development is the metaverse. With so much money and technology being funneled to this one goal, it will be interesting to see what happens. You never know what might come of it.
Finally, with VR it is important to point out the physical benefits. Many find it hard to get the exercise that they need. But by making it exciting to get moving, VR has made many more fit and healthy directly as a result of using it.
While machine learning may seem like a thing of the future, it has already made a major impact on the lives of many. Object recognition has helped people identify plants quickly. Speech recognition has become more and more advanced. Not only is speech recognition more advanced, but people are using it a lot more. Voice assistants have gone from a nuisance to an extremely helpful tool.
3D printing may not have fully caught on yet, but it is still a massive boon to the modern world. When covid-19 became a crisis, people were able to 3D print and distribute ventilator splitters. These splitters let hospitals use one ventilator on two patients. No doubt this saved many lives. 3D printing is also progressing the medical field in other ways. Using stem cells, specialized 3D printers have been designed to be able to “print” organs.
Outside of the medical field, 3D printing has allowed many to quickly prototype and create new toys and products. And with cheap options, 3D printing has begun to democratize the creation of solutions and products.
Access to Information
Long gone are the days of waiting for the morning newspaper to find out what's going on around town, the country, or the world. Now, thanks to the internet and social media platforms, we have far more access to information than we ever have before.
Of course, this is a double-edged sword. If we aren't careful about where we're getting our information, it may not be accurate. However, as long as we're scrupulous about the sources we use, extreme access to information can help us become more informed, educated, and worldly. And with easy access to others, you can voice your opinions more actively than ever before. While sometimes this can lead to echo chambers, it often also leads to self-discovery.
If you consider where the world was only a decade or two ago, you'll realize that in terms of technological advancement, we really haven't seen anything yet. The amazing tools, gadgets, and resources we have access to will only continue to become more advanced, and the world will continue changing. However, instead of worrying about the future, it may be wisest to just enjoy the many technological wonders that we already have at our fingertips.