We no longer conceive of life without technology. Going on the street talking on the phone, make arrangements at a distance, travel virtually the place we go on vacation … are small actions that we have gradually incorporated into our daily routine, but until recently we were traveling, time and paperwork
Although many services and products have emerged in the last two decades, many of them associated with the Internet, there are still many to come. Teleportation, the formula of eternal youth, the prolongation of life several decades more, interstellar travel are some examples. It is curious that many films placed in the year 2000, a round figure, a new millennium, the arrival of many of these discoveries, but it has not been so, they remain fiction.
However, much progress has been made. These are some of the great technological protagonists of our time:
Smartphones or smartphones.
Which continue their upward trend. According to a study by Analysis Mason, in 2014 there will be 1.7 billion smartphones in the world. The possibility of connecting to the network from anywhere and at any time is what has caused its boom. Its generalization and its use are leaving behind other supports like the desktop computer and even laptops.
Mobile applications or apps.
Now, used in all areas: leisure, travel, games, management, health, emergencies, education, environment, or for activities as specific as learning languages or acting as a guide dog for blind people. Their success lies in that they make life easier and entertain us.
The press and digital books, online music, movies on the net .
They have meant a real revolution and also the questioning of many business models and even the end of a way of life. For many, the appearance of these supports will lead to the annihilation of the press on paper, and the decline of the record and film industries as they are conceived today.
In the field of health, not only new drugs and equipment are being investigated for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases, but technology has become the great ally of health professionals, who use it daily to do Tracking their patients or sharing information in real time with other professionals. On the other side of the “counter” are patients, who use Augmented Reality technology and Internet to corroborate the diagnosis of doctors or simply to find out about their possible pathologies.
Online training (elearning) and online courses (MOOC).
Education is also incorporating novelties, not only in classrooms – with the introduction of digital whiteboards, tablets instead of textbooks, online exercises, etc. – but also in the very concept of training. It is no longer necessary to go to a center or have a budget to expand our knowledge. There is everything on the web, and even free courses from universities, like Stanford, open to everyone. It is only necessary to register.
Smart cities and the Internet of things.
More and more cities are becoming smart, “smart”, in order to optimize available resources and improve people’s lives. These cities must fulfill three characteristics: respect for the environment, sustainable development and use of information and communication technologies (ICT). How do they work? With thousands of IOT devices (cameras, sensors, mobiles) that communicate in real time what happens around them, providing information on temperature, the arrival of the next bus, traffic announcements, noise levels, presence of CO2, etc..
The geolocation or possibility of knowing the geographical location of something or someone. In its beginnings it was used to control where the vehicles of a fleet, a certain merchandise or even the trazabilidad of the foods were. Today more and more people are being applied. The fashion of checking-in (sharing and saving places visited) through applications like Foursquare has made everyone can be located (if you want to be). Google, Facebook and Twitter have also entered the world of geolocation with their respective applications. All this information can be very useful not only to friends to have us located or know what we think about a place, but also to companies, to promote their business.
According to the latest report on the Information Society in Spain, there have been almost 20 percent more e-commerce operations in 2012 than in 2011. There are already 27 online shoppers per 100 inhabitants. This marks a change in the trend in consumer buying habits and in business.
The means of payment. The traditional payment with credit or debit card is evolving towards payment with the mobile, using technologies such as NFC (Near Field Communication), and even the payment with virtual currencies such as the famous Bitcoin. Of the cash we no longer speak …
Blogs, instant messaging and social networks. Picking up the phone and staying with someone is out of date. Instant messaging, with WhatsApp in mind, and social networks, with Facebook in the front line with its 1,000 million users, have generated a new way of relationship and communication between individuals, and between these and companies. Each year, more and more users and businesses join the ranks of social networks. The first as a way to meet people, relate and comment. The second, to approach the consumer, to attract new customers, to establish loyalty, to sell …
These are just some examples; do you want to tell us some more?