What do we call technology today? Technology is seen as a body of knowledge devoted to creating tools, processing actions and extracting of materials. The term “Technology” is wide and everyone has their understanding of its meaning.
Technology over the years has evolved with all its counterparts, leaving it dynamic in nature. Technology keeps on improving because our needs vary and our demands for improvement is constant. The world operating system moves in accordance with technology and this can be seen in the past, where the industrial age (INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION) made its transition to the Information age.
During the industrial age, companies with large sums of money survived well because they had the funds to acquire expensive technological tools to make profit in the highly competitive market but on the other, small scale businesses couldn’t survive.
However, with the advancement in technology, a new economic environment was created and this depended more on information which was called the “INFORMATION AGE”. The information age provided a different working environment whereby all sorts of companies strive together in the global market without been marginalised and with the main aim of informing and to be informed. This really helped small scale businesses gain position in highly competitive markets of today.
Furthermore, technological evolution doesn’t end there as it’s seen to have moved to the next stage, which is called “THE EXPERIENCE AGE”. The experience age can be seen in the social media platforms (Facebook, Snapchat and WhatsApp) whereby you live in the moment by broadcasting your personality and where about through your status box with just videos and pictures unlike the “Information Age” status boxes that allows just words.
In relation to the above points, Marshal McLuhan’s theory of the world as a global village has clearly surfaced, whereby the world is interconnected by an electronic nervous system, making it part of our popular culture and abolishing both space and time in order to achieve a global embrace. This interconnected nature can be seen between the world and its technology, leaving both, interdependent. One can only ponder what technology holds in store for the world and its future as it constantly changes the way we live our daily lives.
Innumerable changes had been seen and heard over the years but for want of space, this article will be concentrated on just seven ways technology will affect the way we live in the next decade.
The health sector has witnessed a host of remarkable achievements so far, ranging from kidney, heart, lung, liver, pancreas and head transplant. Also, plastic surgeries, body implants and e.t.c. These are just a few of the things we have witnessed over the years with the aid of technology. However, such achievements are not limited to an extent, as we expect the health sector to grow past this by digitising diagnosis for predictive and preventive medicine that can detect the earliest symptoms of any illness since health data are cloud based for security purposes. This improved method will come in handy in cases like cancer, H.I.V and a lot more diseases that can be easily treated or attacked at its earliest stage. Also, doctors will be well informed about every detail of patients due to the computerised nature of the health sector which will bring about adequate treatment of these patients.
This is another sector where technology has aided in achieving a lot, whereby students acquire stress-free knowledge from e-learning facilities across the globe. These facilities are technologically built to host all curricula, learning notes, research guidelines, personal dictionaries and e.t.c. These facilities do not just give data but aid in ways that enhances the success of every student involved. Therefore, after seeing the little technology can do in a short while, one will expect more in the next decade, such as;
a) A well made technological package that aids in building just the mental capacity of every child and erasing every trace of dullness for the betterment of the society.
b) Also, a unifying system that brings both the parents, students and teachers to a fixed agreement point to promote checks and balances at all ends. e.g Smartschool which is the future today.
c) Lastly, technology will aid in organising a unified body that will govern all policies and activities of the educational sector, both locally and internationally. This great height can be achieved due to the secured and well accessible data base of the educational sector, saved on the cloud.
Technology has played a big role in developing the agricultural sector. Today it is possible to grow crops in a desert by the use of agricultural biotechnology. With this technology, plants have been engineered to survive in drought conditions. Through genetic engineering, scientists have managed to introduce traits into existing genes with a goal of making crops resistant to droughts and pests. If agriculture is to continue to feed the world, it needs to become more like the manufacturing industry, says Geoffrey Carr. Agriculture of the future is something everyone should expect wholeheartedly, it’s definitely going to affect the way we live positively. Farm yards and its crops will be wired up like a lab rat so one can keep track of every single detail, and at the end, the results are sent to the “cloud” for safe keeping and easy accessing. This technological set up of the farm is done to know when a particular substance or nutrient is lacking and needed urgently. It will also be useful in the aspect of understanding a crop’s DNA, such as its characteristics for better management.
In addition, technology will definitely advance more on the smart farming system whereby, algebra practice on the farm yard by juggling a set of variables such as the weather, the soil’s moisture levels and the nutrient content. It will also aid in finding out competitions from weeds, threats to their health from pests and diseases, and also, the costs of taking action to deal with these things.
Furthermore, technology will take mechanised farming to the next level by improving on the use of drones to aircraft with multi spectral cameras for the forecasting of the size of an harvest before they are gathered. Such information is financially and politically powerful.
Thus, these improvements will boost farmers’ profits by cutting costs and increasing yields and should also benefit consumers (meaning everyone who eats food) in the form of lower prices.
Robots and artificial intelligence:
Since the dawn of time, humans have developed tools and technology to assist in the pursuit of our goals. Today, technological advances are rapidly making it possible to automate much of the work currently carried out by humans to the robots. This applies to both blue-collar jobs (the Internet) and white-collar work (artificial intelligence). The wide applicability of these technologies has led to broad concern about the destruction of jobs.
According to a 2014 Oxford study, 47% of jobs in the US could be replaced by automated processes in the next two decades. Robots are now taking over majorly everything in the society, ranging from minor chores to daily office work. Such duties can be seen in the health sector, whereby robots assist in performing surgeries, diagnoses, the dispensing of drugs and lastly, efficient collection of information. Also, in the Agricultural sector, robots tractors now perform self-organisation of farm yards and management of yields from harvest and live stocks. Moreover, the business sector is not left out, as robots now carry out the most tedious works because they assemble products better, faster and often cheaper than manual labourers.
Subsequently, technology has always removed the need for some jobs but has also created new ones for the society. An example of such is seen in the earliest form of technology called the Industrial Revolution, which destroyed many jobs but also created much more. It also increased the aggregate wealth of the society and began to create a middle class who could enjoy health, education and other benefits that previously had been available to only the wealthiest. Although, it can be challenging to predict if this new revolution will create new jobs and in what quantities but nine of the top ten most in-demand jobs of 2015 did not exist in 2005. Therefore, this latest revolution is definitely creating new employment opportunities and will also do so in the nearest future.
The banking sector has embraced the use of technology to serve its client’s better and also to do more with less. Emerging technologies have changed the banking industry from paper and branch based banks to digitised and networked banking services. Unlike before, broadband internet is now cheaper and makes the transfer of data easy and fast. Technology has changed the accounting and management system of all banks and now is changing the ways they deliver services to their customers. However, this technology comes at a cost due to the expensive nature of implementing but the rewards are limitless. The banking sector has so far made life easier by introducing a host of systematic packages, such as:
E-banking (internet based banking), signature retrieval facilities, remote banking (ATM), plastic money (credit cards) and NRI Banking service ( intercontinental banking).
In addition, technology also aids in other aspects such as payroll processing, loan management, bulk management, tax, leave management, bio metrics and constant saving of database in the cloud with the aim of eradicating fraud, work loads, poor security services and disagreement between the bank and its customers.
Therefore, if the banking sector can totally be made stress free now, one can only imagine what the future holds in stall for us. Thus, in the next decade, the banking sector will provide maximum convenience.
Transportation hasn’t been left out in the technological ride occurring all over the globe. Transportation has seen quite a number of changes and improvement over the years and has strived hard not to hit stand-still in innovation. There are only so many ways to advance the nature of cars, trains, ships or aeroplane, like making them go faster and more convenient. The philosophy behind all these technologies is to get more people from one location to another faster than ever before. In the past, technology basically concentrated more on the speed of transportation by “shrinking” our world considerably, with locations on the other side of the globe.
Nevertheless, it did more good than harm with its little achievement on speed and time but the demand for better innovation is still the order of the day which includes:
- How can this means of transportation operate itself to reduce stress?
- How can this means of transportation boycott the old conventional use of fuel or diesel?
- How can this means of transportation still get faster than is an improved speed limit?
All these demands are what the populace expect to be ready before the next decade and one can trust technology to be the answer.
Technology first started with the aeroplanes, making them autonomous in nature, where by, they drive themselves when put on autopilot for self-convenience. They also went further to activate similarly features in cars by making robot drivers that move the vehicles from one destination to another.
Furthermore, Technology addressed the issue of the use of fuel and diesel in some transportation system, such as the vehicles that are powered by solar panels and electricity. However, technological solutions in the transportation system didn’t end there as the issue of speed increment was duly attended to. This improvement occurred in all means of transportation, making sure every one of them advanced in nature.
For example, the railway sector got the Hyperloop and Maglev magnetic trains, while the air space got the Concord aeroplane and the water ways got the Algol-class vehicle cargo ship. Also, the lands got the Hennessey Venom GT Spyder for maximum speed and convenience. After all done, technology seem to have solved all the transportation problems but one thing is certain, “the only constant thing on earth is a change”. This change still clamoured for by the populace, now gave birth to the next proposed technological project, which is Aeromobile (flying cars). This proposed Aeromobile system will be created to ease the constant road congestion around the world and also create commercial air transportation. By doing so, the transportation system will advance to the next level in the next decade and also affect how we live positively.
The political system of government is another realm that has gained emphatically from the outburst of the new age of technology. This aspect of governance uses technology in various ways to achieve its aim.
In many countries, technology is presently active in the electoral processes and in some cases, it’s essentially used in the conduct of the elections. Technology is used, for example, to compile voter lists, to draw electoral boundaries, to manage and train staff, to print ballots, to conduct voter education campaigns, to record cast votes, to count and consolidate vote results and to publish election results. The appropriate application of technology to elections can increase administrative efficiency, reduce long-term costs and enhance political transparency.
In addition, technologies used for elections can also include familiar and older ones like printing presses, ball point pens, manual typewriters, electronic calculators and radios, or newer technologies like computers, optical scanners, digital mapping and the Internet. The logistics of modern large-scale elections can be a considerable challenge for countries without access to technology.
One of the newly introduced technological package used in the political sector is called E-voting. E-voting is an electronic application that is designed for casting and counting of a vote during an election. This application has lots of advantages, such as: secured data, a cheaper rate of an organisation, quicker processes and convenient accessing.
The use of technology in elections is not an end in itself, but assists in the various aspects of electoral administration. For example, electronic database management systems can be used in several components of the election process, such as voter lists, material inventories, personnel management, payroll, election results dissemination and statistics.
Nevertheless, it is clear that the use of technology in the electoral aspect of the political sector is of more good than harm and if improved in the next decade, it will surely affect the way we live positively.
In conclusion, these are few fields influenced by technology and it is almost impossible to list all the positive effects of technology on society. The fast advancing technology has given the right to developments in various fields and improved the quality of human life. Moreover, there’s actually less risk, less effort, less mess in all we do now and there are more leisure, more ease and more speed. After all said, one can categorically say technology will affect the way we will live our lives more positively in the next decade.
This article was written by Christopher Otsu a serving corps member in Sidmach Technologies.