How Technology is Really Helping the World
Technology has something of a reputation for making life worse, especially in the minds of older generations. People complain about seeing their kids, grand kids, and peers obsessed with computers and smartphones and not interacting with real life as they used to.
While many people have some nostalgic ideas about the age before technology, the truth is that the world is a better place in many ways because of the ways people have put their minds to use. Robotics, computer programs, and many other tools make life better for the people who use them at home, work, school, or other aspects of everyday life.
Technology at Home
As recently as thirty years ago, computers were for the wealthy, and cell phones were a science fiction concept. Today, these technologies are an expected part of your household, and the people who don’t have them are out of touch with the rest of the world. Computers and phones are part of most people’s everyday life.
Never has this been more obvious than in 2020, where families are separated, and many people can’t perform the functions they used to. Thanks to the internet and the development of different programs, aged grandparents and their kin can still talk to each other, seeing their faces and hearing their voices, which helps keep isolation at bay.
Technology in Business
Before robotics began developing, every task required human input, no matter how menial or mindless it may be. Companies hired thousands of people not for their creative minds but merely to put pieces together or transport goods. With robots to take over the everyday work, people are freer to work with their minds, not just their hands.
Technology has also saved many businesses in the pandemic, allowing customers to make purchases online or order from their phones. Without these technological advances, many more small businesses would have shut down with no way to recuperate. For large-scale operations, computers also allow office workers to continue at their jobs from home.
Technology for School
Online learning has surged into notoriety in the past year, though it’s been a part of some schools for a long time. In areas where contagion is high and parents are concerned about keeping their children safe from the virus, many schools have chosen to operate solely online or to work video calls into their classrooms.
Technology also allows people who have trouble in a traditional learning environment to explore other options and find ways to learn that suit them better. The internet is full of videos, games, and websites designed to teach concepts or subjects in a way many teachers don’t. With computers handy, many have found ways to teach themselves.
One way or another, technology is here to stay. It will continue to develop and grow into more capacities than most people can imagine, just as no one from fifty years ago would think they’d carry computers in their pocket or see robotics used in homes. The decision you face is not whether to use it, but how and where it will make your life better.