present day technology
Technology has been negatively affecting society from the very first technological advances through present day, and will continue to harm us for the foreseeable future.
Technology comes in many forms, all with the main focus of helping people perform a task they either do not want to, or can not perform on their own. While people’s intentions are good, there are many forms of technology that have grown to be revered as a sort of magical device, or a creation of a work much more impressive than man could have ever created. As stated by Jean Rostand, “Science has made us gods even before we are worthy of being men”. The incredible amount of power that we now hold in our pockets is often taken for granted. Technology in the past was meant to simply help society with problems, such as creating the lightbulb in place of candlelight. Nowadays, technology has strayed from simply being helpful, and has become something that we, the creators, are unable to fully explain or control. Present day technology has consumed our lives, and people have become heavily reliant on their devices to make their lives simple and easy. Examples of this can be seen everywhere, from teenagers becoming addicted to their phones, to Amazon and other websites delivering everything, including food, straight to your doorstep. Technology has made the people of our society lazy and for the most part, unable to think for themselves. It has far surpassed its original goals of shining a light on a dark room. In the future, technology will continue to creep its way into every aspect of our lives. It will even start to become a part of us, with wearable technology or implants soon being the mainstream fashion or style choice. Even today, contact lenses, watches and glasses all have technology built into them that goes beyond simple convenience and starts to lean on the side of wants rather than needs. This is a trend that will continue well into the future. Max Frisch stated this idea perfectly, “Technology: the knack of so arranging the world that we don’t have to experience it”. Today and for years to come, people will certainly continue to use technology as a means of interaction without ever having to leave their home. This is an unhealthy way of life, and it has come to be the norm due to the devices that inhabit our homes, pockets, and bodies, and will continue to be a growing problem for the years to come.
So many new technologies have appeared in the past half century that it’s impossible to list them all. But these 10 high-tech breakthroughs stand out over the last 50 years because they’ve revolutionized the way Americans live. We look back at their beginnings, as well as where they’ve taken us today.
1. The Internet. This one seems like a no-brainer, but the Net’s unique strength is that no two people will agree on why it’s so important. The world’s largest and most unruly library, it’s also a global news channel, social club, research archive, shopping service, town hall, and multimedia kiosk. Add to that the most affordable mass medium ever, and a curse to anyone with a secret to keep. Three-fifths of Americans now use the Net, but it remains to be seen whether the connections to one another will transform us, or prove that we’ll never change.
3D Printing in an industrial setting is often referred to as “additive manufacturing.” As products are ordered online, versatile manufacturing stations controlled by robots will quickly and affordably crank out custom-manufactured products. The robots will be controlled by process software that will be integrated with future CAD.
Online custom products are slowly gaining popularity. You can go to NIKEiD and design your own customized Nike shoes. The downside is that they are pricey and will take several weeks to get to you. Other websites such as ShapeWays and Ponoko are useful for many DIYers. The mass market appeal of sites like these will grow in the future (when combined with the simpler CAD described above) with fast, flexible and inexpensive manufacturing.
Staying up-to-date helps ensure you don’t miss opportunities, become irrelevant or fall behind your competitors. Remember Kodak? They taught us all an invaluable lesson: don’t be afraid to embrace change.
How we communicate continued to evolve as well. Remember face-to-face conversations? Hand-written letters? Waiting by the phone – the kind with the cord? Technology perpetually reshapes our communication. Perhaps the most noticeable difference in the Internet today is the ability to be personable in such an impersonal setting. Constant connection seems to be the name of the game. And along with connection, we see instant availability. Bluetooth connections, talk-to-text, every form of messaging apps – while you’re driving, in meetings, at home. Connection. Everywhere.
Wearables to Keep You Safe
Falls happen to be a leading hazard in the aging community with at least one out of every six seniors reporting a fall every day. Thanks to technology now, there is something you can wear that will keep you from impacting the ground and breaking a hip as you fall.