Modern technology has come so far over the past decade. If you compare what the internet alone can do now with what it could do in 2001, you will find a very different landscape. Virtually all parts of our life have been affected by these changes. Web 2.0 technologies have seen web pages become hugely interactive and fast, with websites like Facebook showing just how far we’ve come.
Here are just a few things you can do on the internet now were either slow and clunky or even non-existent ten years ago:
● Book restaurants, holidays and more online
● Order from your local supermarket
● Browse on a mobile device
● Communicate in real time (Twitter and other social streams)
These days we look to the internet for answers to our questions. The phrase “just Google it” is firmly embedded in modern culture, and something like the Yellow pages is considered an archaic way of finding local companies. How often do we look offline when we just want to find something quickly? Even takeaway menus can be found online, and with online ordering systems you can place orders for food to be delivered without having to pick up your phone.
A Few Examples of How Technology Help Us Today
Advancement in technology has been of great benefit to all of us. Some of the greatest benefits of technology is convenience. Our lives have become easier because we have various technologies that save us time and effort. In the home, we all use electricity. By the press of a button, our rooms are lit with sophisticated lighting systems. Some of these lighting systems even have what we call lighting on demand. This means once you enter a room; the lights come on automatically and when you leave they go off.
With this evolution in technology, new jobs have been created. There was a time when somebody working out of their bedroom would be employed to build a cheap website in pure HTML, and this would be sufficient. Modern companies are now beginning to realise the actual potential of having an all singing all dancing web presence that utilises social streams is built on sound technology and works well for its users. Web designer and developer roles are now considered great jobs and are sought after the world over.
Social Media Revolution
In our social lives, social media together with the development of smartphones means that our world is virtually in the palm of our hands. We can keep in touch with family and friends in real time even when we are thousands of miles away from home. Examples of social media platforms that have made this possible include Facebook and Twitter, with mobile apps that can run on just about any smartphone today.
In our work, we see how technology helps us achieve our objectives quickly and make us more efficient. If you work in the office, then you understand that, without computer systems, it will virtually be impossible to keep track of all the activities that go on at the office on a daily basis. If you work in an industrial environment that involves woodwork or any form of material, then you will appreciate the use of power tools and accessories such as jigsaw blades and disc grinders. All these tools have a common aim of making us effective at what we do for a living. Internet fax, for relying on fast communications is often referred to as email fax because you use your email system and your Internet connection to send and receive all your faxes. You sign-up to an online fax service provider, like FindaFax.com where you are given a local or toll-free fax number. There is no need for an extra fax phone line since everything is handled through the web. Your faxes are sent as email attachments, using Tiff or Pdf formats. Making office communications even more efficient.
It is unquestionable how technology has changed our standard of living over the last two decades. The above is just a few examples of how we continue to benefit from modern technologies. It has become part and parcel of our lives so much that it is virtually impossible to live without it.
However, what is next for the internet? We could not possibly say. Judging by how fast things have moved over the past 10 years, it is likely our world will be a radically different place before the start of the next generation. We will be spending a lot more time doing things online, from booking tables at our favorite restaurants to finishing our day to day baking tasks via secure platforms.
The writer, Edrick Hypolite, is a tech blogger and is very much excited about what the future brings. Looking back on how far we have come begs the question: how much further can we go? When and where will it stop? If you wish to learn more about Edrick you can visit his profile on Google+.