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6 Ways Technology is Changing the Way We Live

6 Ways Technology is Changing the Way We Live

At one point, the idea of computers interacting with one another was like a wild dream only a few highly imaginative folks could entertain. Fast forward to today, not only are we closer to exploring life outside of earth, we’re now been driven around by computers.

New technologies are not only contributing to our daily lives and making things easier, they’re practically changing the way we live. From our cars to how we learn and how houses are been built, these machines are bringing a new dimension to the way we interact with the world today. And no, they are not sci-fi’s, these are real technologies we already have access to.

This article will explore how technology is changing the way we live, from the impact they have on the cost and standard of living to how much information about the human body we now have access to.

1. Housing and Architecture

Housing is a big aspect of our lives. With 3D rendering, architects and designers now produce their models and presentations with more details.

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3D is no longer a new technology, but its impact is still yet to fizzle out. Before 3D technology, architects had to work with cards that were only visualized in 2D or create their presentations by hand. Their presentations were only average and would always require a lot of explaining before clients got what details were involved.

According to Stefan Kaertner, “3D rendering in architecture is a complex process that produces life-like presentation of buildings in image-ready prints.”

“With 3D rendering, clients can take a virtual tour of their buildings before actually commissioning it, which lets them have a first-hand experience of what their buildings would be like. This was impossible before the advent of 3D technology,” says Kaertner.

2. Big Data

Data helps to remove speculations and guess work from what professionals do.

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Big data is making big impact in the world today. It’s not just the benefits we derive from the availability of big data that is astonishing, but the technology behind how we generate meaningful data as well. From wearable’s such as the Apple watch to IoTs, we’re witnessing data rush in real-time.

The growth of data is now so high, some research is pointing that by 2020, about 1.7 megabytes of new information will be created for each person every second.

Who are the people benefiting from these massive inflow of data? Industries like the insurance, health and of course leading technology and marketing companies would lead in the need for big data.

3. Health and Mental Analysis

Technology is bringing better treatment of patients with health conditions that were previously difficult to diagnose. With data now available to doctors and healthcare companies through advancement in technology, not only are healthcare providers able to easily track patient health record, they now easily proffer treatments.

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4. Internet Accessibility

To several of the world’s population, access to the Internet is still a luxury.

Bringing Internet access to some of the world’s most remote areas is one of the goals of the world’s leading tech leaders such as Mark Zuckerberg and Google. Both have been able to see their dreams come alive thanks to technologies like unmanned solar-powered aircraft and balloon powered Internet.

Not only are these technologies helping the world get connected to the Internet by bringing accessibility to the areas that never had them, but the cost to access the Internet in areas that have them are been lowered as a result.

5. Virtual Reality

Virtual Reality has redefined how we consume content. The industry created by this technology has potentials to be worth as much as $30 billion by 2020 according to tech M&A advisory firm Digi-Capital.

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Content consumption through VR is constantly on the rise and over 200,000 developers have registered to build games for Oculus Rift in 2015 alone. With virtual reality changing the way people consume content, the market that caters for its hardware is definitely going to be enormous. According to data from Statista, the VR hardware marketing would be worth $5.2 by 2020.

Conclusion:

Technology is contributing immensely to how we live today. Pretty much everything we do today will be done differently in just a couple of years to come. As more countries create policies that allow drive-less cars to carry passengers, smatter cities are developed in third-world countries. Technology will continue to change and define how we live.

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Last Updated on December 18, 2020

Can Technology have Biases Like Humans?

Can Technology have Biases Like Humans?

Technology has taken a vantage leap in providing solutions for man. Before now, technology used to appear complex and would require a great deal of expertise to handle solutions available. Today, we have technology applicable in the simplest human activities as smart products with intelligent algorithms powering them as they make error-free judgments and provide intelligent and analytic solutions.

Does technology have all the answers?

This article from Credit Suisse, tells us that technology does not have all the answers because it has been found to exhibit “similar biases,” as humans. No one can discredit the impact of technology, but it is not totally free of human input and this is the reason we experience these biases in many areas we have technology holding foot.

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Creating technological solutions transparently

This article suggests that the process of creating technological solutions be made transparent and subject to contribution from many people who would end up as users of the product – male, female, young, old, learned, unlearned and all other preferences as we have them. It also underscores the importance of having women on product development teams. This approach is not sure to eliminate all forms of bias, but it is a good way to start in order to appraise the full benefits of technology.

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Technology as the connecting tool

Technology so far has been a major connecting tool amongst us humans. It is used and appreciated by all regardless of race, language and sex. In order to keep it less subjective to these arguments about human biases. I believe we should gather opinions on products and solutions before making them available to the public. This could be done by gathering input from intended target users and receiving feedback across the stages of production.

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“Recognizing the problem is a start…success will depend on inclusive technologies that meet this vast untapped market.” This cannot be more apt especially at a time when we look up to technology for solutions. We should not muzzle our progress with technology by battling algorithm bias. The first way to avoid this battle is by reading this article here.

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