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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 February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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