Technology has been ingrained into almost, if not every facet of our lives. Several jobs have been replaced by technology. Some years back, humans performed intricate mathematical calculations manually. Each computation required the use of several pencils and numerous notebooks, and this could take weeks. To prevent errors, multiple teams would frequently complete the calculations. And boom! Came the calculator.
There is also the office automation software replacing manual data input work. Your data can be analysed, extracted, changed, and loaded into databases, thereby eliminating errors while humans focus on other things.
Companies are currently developing and using devices to replace bartenders who serve alcoholic beverages.
Technology has come to stay and is not going anywhere soon. Every time a new technology emerges, it has the potential to make people’s lives better. So, as new technologies are developed and existing ones advance, have an open mind to receive and explore.
Here are some ways technology has improved life in this present age:
Technology Enhances Business: if your business is not relying on technology, there is likely no business, or it is on its way out of existence. Business growth relies strongly on how fast and quick they can attend to the needs of clients and customers, and technology always promises better speed and efficiency.
- Automation of business processes: this involves the incorporation of software tools that automate repeated chores, which reduce errors, accelerate delivery, improve quality, lower costs, and expedite the completion of work.
- Business agility: businesses can stay adaptable and quick to change in the marketplaces thanks to technological solutions. Integrating diverse technologies improves team collaboration, resulting in improved product creation. As a result, the development of your firm will be fueled by quicker product launches, higher-quality innovations, and increased product features.
- Easy data access and retrieval: data was incredibly scarce in the past, making it challenging to make well-informed business decisions. And there weren’t many options for recovering deleted data, so you’d have to start over. Today, executives can now gather and evaluate data in real-time using automated software tools, which can then be displayed and transmitted as reports. Losing documents was also a major hassle before the development of technology. Today, data can be easily recovered by following a few simple procedures or by employing data retrieval software, regardless of whether you unintentionally lost or edited the data. In essence, technology has made it simpler to gather and analyse enormous volumes of data to aid in decision-making and disseminate findings across your firm. Furthermore, there are many techniques to safeguard your data.
- Reliable and faster communication: Effective communication is essential, especially in the workplace. Failure to communicate clearly or promptly among staff or between businesses and their clients, miscommunication has cost corporations enormous sums of money in the past. Today, global enterprises can be assured that their operations won’t be easily disrupted because they have created a variety of communication channels. Information can be sent across great distances in a matter of seconds thanks to internet connections. Communication with everyone within your organisation, as well as with clients and prospects, is simpler because everyone is now connected.
- Cost reduction and profitability: technology also aids in understanding a company’s cash flow requirements and the preservation of priceless resources like time and physical space. Operating costs may drop due to technology’s enhanced productivity and efficiency, and a corresponding increase in profits.
- Security: the majority of businesses in the present era are vulnerable to vandalism and security issues. Technology can be used to safeguard financial information, private executive decisions, and other sensitive data that gives businesses a competitive edge. Blockchain and other emerging technologies can help organisations safeguard transactions more effectively without sacrificing transparency or adding unnecessary layers of bureaucracy and security. Blockchain might be used, for instance, to safeguard business collaboration files and financial transactions.
Technology promotes healthcare: information technology, as it relates to healthcare, is known as health information technology (HIT). It facilitates the secure communication of health information between consumers, providers, payers, and quality monitors, as well as the administration of health information across computerised systems. Health information technology is being incorporated into daily practice by more healthcare professionals. The following are associated with the use of electronic processing and storage of health data:
- Greater affordability and better healthcare
- Less medical mistakes
- Less repetitive documents
- Improved patient management and focus on care
Adopting HIT infrastructure has a lot of advantages for both doctors and patients.
Telemedicine: patients can electronically speak with doctors using their phones and laptops in rural places where medical services and hospitals are a little easier to obtain.
- Electronic Health Records: electronic health records are a hugely important improvement in the healthcare industry, any doctor would admit. It encourages a wide range of improvements in medical diagnosis and treatment. EHRs provide for quick information, recording, storage, and transmission of medical data, as well as effective care integration, in contrast to the clumsy handling of medical records in the past. Patients can be engaged in numerous ways using EHRs and other HIT components. Reminder systems encourage patients to act right away, to improve their health and well-being by sending emails or text messages. Little ‘follow-ups’ encourage patients to actively manage their health and underlying issues after a doctor’s appointment. The use of reminder systems might help prod a patient into scheduling or attending an appointment.
- Sensors, Wearables, and Trackers for Healthcare: health trackers, wearables, and sensors are excellent tools for self-discovery and for people to use technologies to take charge of their health.
- Mental Health Technology: the past year has seen the development of several innovative technologies that can assist in meeting a patient’s continuing mental health demands. Although a doctor may still be required to conduct most assessments and first treatments, patients now have more tools at their disposal to do so outside of consultations.
Every sector has reaped the benefit of tech, as technology has enabled us to save time and money. Activities that took days or even weeks have been simplified and can now take seconds or minutes.
Throughout all previous eras, receiving an education required the learner to visit a physical facility (such as a university), receive instruction from a teacher in person, and read actual books.
As a result, those who were less fortunate or just lived in places with insufficient infrastructure usually couldn’t acquire quality education. Technology has altered everything.
Knowledge is now accessible to everyone, thanks to the development of the internet. Anyone can now visit Wikipedia and learn more about a topic.
People will always work to improve existing technologies and create new ones. It’s in our nature to find ways to make our lives better, and technology makes it possible. Keep an open mind when new technology is introduced, even though it has numerous drawbacks.
Some of the drawbacks include the following:
Technology is a never-ending source of distraction: having all the information available to us at all times is a major source of distraction. Anything from having issues maintaining a conversation, to having trouble keeping your phone out of your hand while driving could be the cause. Incoming messages and notifications can cause us to lose focus on other tasks if they keep drawing our attention away from them. Texting or browsing while someone should be doing something else is incredibly distracting, as we have all witnessed.
Poor posture caused by technology: when you’re hunched over your phone, it’s challenging to sit up straight. Because we don’t sit up straight when we sit, many of us get back and neck pain. We don’t glance at our phone when holding it at eye level either. Instead, we usually lean over and look at it intently. Due to our regular use of our devices, all of this contributes to bad posture, neck and back pain, and sporadic wrist pain.
Sleep problems: many of us are so devoted to our gadgets that we even sleep with them. According to one research, 71% of smartphone owners keep their devices near their beds at night to prevent missing anything. According to a different survey, more than 40% of smartphone users who have their devices by their beds wake up due to noises or brightness caused by notifications. Late-night electronic use may seem like a harmless habit, but it might make it difficult for you to fall asleep.
Juxtaposing the drawbacks of technology to the benefits, we see that the benefits outweigh the negative impacts, which lean more towards our usage of it. If the right discipline is exercised in the use of technology, there will be no such thing as too much tech. Tech is the present and the future!
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