Technological progress and innovations have been an essential engine of human growth. However, recent years have seen an exponential growth of technological avenues and new innovations that significantly impact day-to-day life in one way or the other. In simple terms, the technology boom is no more than revolutionary. Never in past years, technological advancements have had such an extraordinary impact on our lives, our habits, and most importantly, our work. If we look back, the 2000s marked the explosion of the web and the arrival of smartphones. The 2010s only saw the field of possibilities expand further. Blockchain technology and bitcoin were introduced to the world, and we all know how disruptive the technology proved for the financial world. Social networks, IoT, AI, quantum computing, autonomous cars – the technological corridors were abuzz with the everyday introduction of newer, more sophisticated technologies throughout the past two decades.
In just over a decade, smartphones revolutionized the world to the point that today we cannot imagine our lives without them. It influences so many aspects of our life that it has become almost indispensable. Similarly, AI and IoT, two technologies that were only limited to scientific avenues, are now penetrating day-to-day lives. Think of voice assistants like Amazon Alexa and how quickly it has become a common sight in most modern homes. Similarly, AI is influencing almost every social and business sector, from medical to aviation and banking to manufacturing; advanced AI-controlled devices are increasingly being adopted to automate and streamline the whole process.
We can already identify some amazing technologies of our time that will have a major contribution to shaping our future. Let’s take a look at a few;
Undoubtedly one of the greatest technological leaps of our time, AI will only have an increasing presence in our lives. It has made enormous progress and is already an essential part of our lives. When Netflix suggests a movie or Spotify suggests a song, there is AI behind it. AI aids all voice assistants that listen to our commands and answer accordingly.
A revolutionary gene-editing technology, which some scientists hope could treat 80% of the disease. It’s like a text editor, but for gene and with it, gene sequences could be edited. If used ethically and safely, the technology has the potential to cure even the most deadly diseases like cancer and AIDS.
Another truly revolutionary technology, 3D printing, had given us the tool to build objects and parts that were previously unthinkable. Already finding significant applications across industrial sectors, 3D printing is poised to change how we manufacture different objects and parts completely. Moreover, it also has the potential to revolutionize healthcare. Scientists are already experimenting with printing organs for transplant. It could open the door to infinite possibilities in the medical sector.
The speed of technological innovations has been exemplary in recent years. The technology boom had impacted almost every facade of daily life. Much of these developments have been so quickly ingrained in our lives that it almost feels like they were always the present shaping our lives and our habits. But only through thoughtful reflection do we grasp the speed of technological innovations and their increasing presence in our society and our homes. The accelerated growth of social media, AI, ecommerce, medical technology will continue and pave the way for more sophisticated technologies to flourish. The increasing development in AI and the larger adoption of digital technologies like virtual reality and augmented reality will surely have a profound impact on how we live and how we work.