We now live in a world in which the deaf can hear again, and the paralyzed can walk again. All of this is due to the technological breakthroughs that are occurring every day. The benefits of technology aren’t always so dramatic, but they are present in daily life for all of us. Here are a few ways technology is shaping and improving upon our personal lives.
Keeping Us Healthy and Active While Saving Money
Our fitness bands track our activity, our smartphones track our calories, and, if we get seriously ill, we even have robots that can help with our surgeries. Our lives are awash with data that we can use to improve our personal health and to keep active—something incredibly important for a busy, modern life.
Technology is able to give us information that we can then use to modify our own behavior. Collected data can be used for everything from diagnosing a dietary allergy to finding issues in sleep patterns. All of this means happier, better rested people.
On top of this, improvements in technology have greatly reduced the amount of energy waste in our homes and cars. While there’s still a long way to go, owners of such things can enjoy reduced monthly costs with an initial investment in newer products and tech.
Bringing Us Closer Together—Even When Far Apart
From telepresence robotics to social media accounts, technology is making it easier for us to connect with each other regardless of how far we are away. More and more workers are now telecommuting, and even geographically present employees are choosing to work from home.
Effectively, this doesn’t just mean stronger bonds with friends, family, and coworkers—it also means a better work-life balance. As we remove commuting times and make it easier to find job positions we truly love, we also make it easier to fit both work and home life into a busy day.
Improving Our Productivity and Giving Us Back Our Time
Productivity software has made it easier for us to manage even complex tasks like investing, drilling down to small and actionable events and giving us milestones that we can work on. A tremendous amount of time, technology, and talent has gone into making sure that our days are as productive as possible—and that means not only better job satisfaction but also more time to ourselves.
Collaboration suites are making it easier for us to work together, while big data is used for everything from giving us the most traffic-free routes to isolating the customers that are most likely to make a purchase from us. Altogether we are able to accomplish more in less time—and today, time is at a premium. Many of the more routine tasks of our work can also be automated, leading to a more fulfilling day of more complex tasks.
A Plethora of Entertainment from Everywhere
Finally, technology isn’t just improving the serious aspects of our lives; it’s also making our lives more enjoyable in terms of entertainment. Today we can stream movies, television, and music from anywhere, and we have near constant access to our collections.
Our personal devices and technology have made it so that we have always on access to an entire suite of content and media so we can connect to and browse this media on nearly all of our devices.That means we are now exposed to more content than ever before, including more obscure and cross-cultural content products.
From the very first time man created fire, we have been using technology to improve upon our lives and our comfort. In the modern world, our technology touches our lives on a daily level—saving us time, connecting us to each other, and keeping us healthy. As technology continues to advance, we will continue to see these small but dramatic chances throughout our personal lives.