When the development of technology started, at some point we realised there was no turning back. It’s only going to be more and more advanced now. So, how to stay open-minded and excited about it?
When in 1969, Arpanet (Advanced Research Projects Agency Network) was created, no one presumed it will quickly have its successor – the Internet (1982), which would revolutionise the entire planet and improve our life as we knew it.
However, in time, some people lost their enthusiasm and started worrying.
Big Data, Internet of Things, and a whole lot of smart solutions – all these solutions started popping up everywhere.
So how to understand and appreciate the innovative present and the future ahead of us all?
Read on and find out
- Internet of Things – healthcare
Internet of Things (IoT) is an interconnected chain of devices that facilitates almost every aspect of our lives.
Healthcare was pushed to the top recently and, since it’s flourished, we are now able to be connected to healthcare services at all times – the devices can track our heart actions or gather data in order to cure diseases.
For example, there are places where the elderly are given necklaces that can easily connect them to emergency lines in case of an accident. Hospitals are equipped with smart beds that monitor patients’ state and possibility of falling. Smart limbs are also an example of changing lives of those in need… all these are still just the tip of an iceberg.
IoT gave us the feeling of security, not only for ourselves, but also for our loved ones. It is there when we cannot be, ready to ‘give us a hand’.
- Smart solutions – environment
Technology develops very fast, sometimes it seems like the Earth can’t handle it, making us more and more worried about the condition of the environment. This is the reason why scientists come up with ways to save our planet. IoT and smart solutions appeared to be great companions in this very endeavour.
Many countries started reusing energy – generating the wind and solar power started to be more common and it is used on a much wider scale nowadays. Recycling and becoming carbon neutral are also on top of the list for many citizens.
Towns are flooded with smart environmental solutions – water-pollution monitoring, drones equipped with air sensors or greeneries built on unused industrial sites.
Bearing in mind that it is just the beginning of technology solutions, accompanied by people’s creativity, we may soon be able to make our planet better and cleaner, which will simultaneously make it a better place to live.
- Augmented and Virtual Reality
We associate Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) only with fun and video games, however there’s much more to it.
It has been proven that they can help treating people with very problematic diseases. VR helps paraplegic walk again, recover from spinal and brain injuries or treat anxiety – all by stimulating their brain cells, which is yet another step forward to a better healthcare.
Additionally, wearing VR/AR equipment is a perfect way to simulate real-life scenarios in order to learn certain behaviours, not only is it cheaper than buying lots of equipment, but it is also much safer. It could be used at schools or in a more complex environment, like the police force or firefighting training.
This is not all though, since it can also be used for common purposes, like meeting friends from all over the world in just a few seconds.
As you can see, the entire world is at our fingertips based on the above examples.
You can clearly see that technology is heading in the right direction. It’s, however, worth mentioning that each experiment must go through many tests before it is released to the public. Smart solutions are still quite young, so let’s be patient and give them a few years to reach high school.