Since the 80s, when IBM created the computer for personal use and Apple made it more accessible with the famous Mactintosh, we have seen that technology has evolved in such a vertiginous way, that hardly the “ordinary citizen” can be to the day with the new thing that arises every minute.
It is clear that the evolution of technology in all human areas has made the way of life change substantially, and in the vast majority of cases, has brought with it a better quality of life.
The “diligences” or “returns” are now online
We go to the case of banking or commercial transactions, for example; Just imagine (or remember some) that about 30 years ago, to make a modest deposit in a bank, or withdraw some money for the weekend, you had to go to the bank personally! Now it seems absurd not to be able to do all kinds of transactions online, but until a couple of generations ago, the day was going around in the city, between going to the bank, paying electricity, paying the phone, credit card etc. , etc. Even ATMs that became popular in the 90s seemed the technological summum and from there “you could not invent more”!
You work without leaving home
And speaking of time invested uselessly, until very recently, in congested cities, an employee could easily invest a couple of hours of return and another couple of return to work in an office … four hours a day, totally dead …. Half time not used. The collaboration tools that currently exist for the workplace allow you to work from where it is most efficient, both for the employee and for the company.
Starting with the teleconferences that allowed the connection between offices from different places, to the sophisticated version of the telepresences, which can host meetings between various points of the planet with an experience that is almost equal to face-to-face. And at an individual level, why go to an office when there are Skype, GoToWebinar, Gloogle Hangout, Webex and many other software? The jump in labor productivity has been quantum, really.
We study where and when the person wants
This is exactly the same case with education, especially higher education, when the student is already working and has little time to move to a classroom. The evolution of learning platforms has made the virtual experience as efficient as face-to-face. Games, simulations, chats, tutorial videos, interactive experiences of all kinds are new ways to learn, and show that online education is here to stay. The best proof of this is Open English itself, which revolutionized the way of learning English in Latin America with online courses.
Going to another mode of study, prestigious institutions of face-to-face education, such as Harvard or MIT have popularized MOOCs, which are online, massive and open classes that students take for free from their home or their office, and that have recognition academic.
Health services move to homes
The health area has also benefited enormously with technological developments, improving medical procedures for detecting diseases with MRI, or CATScan, for surgical intervention, such as organ transplantation, or genetic engineering, with the controversial intervention in the DNA To enter a less debated area, thanks to technology, in rural areas of Latin America it has been possible to give access to first world health treatments with the evolution of telemedicine, or the technology that allows patients who can not reach the clinics located in large cities (due to the distance, cost or impossibility of movement) receive the diagnosis and adequate medical treatment connecting rural areas with world-class health centers.
And not so far from the subject of health, are the so-called wearables, or technology “to put on or get dressed”, either in wristbands or shoe insoles, which allow you to track the heart rate, calories consumed, time Invested in physical exercise and many other data related to the health of the athlete.
One of the latest advances in this area is the mechanism that controls chronic pain by sending electrical currents to the neurotransmitters of the body, in a device that is almost imperceptible to the human eye.
We are interconnected 24 hours a day
The areas of personal communication and entertainment are possibly the most visible signs of technological evolution offer, because they impact the lifestyle directly and immediately. From interpersonal relationships between the family itself to contact with people that we would have never met, either through chatrooms with similar affinities or through “networking”. The online world has changed the way of making friends and even the concept of friendship itself. Calve word: Facebook. Recently, this company announced that it reached the one billion connected users in a single day.
Today is such the level of attachment to be “connected”, that families and schools have been in need of decreeing “offline” hours a day, and even create special camps, to preserve interpersonal communication and with nature.
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