We have reached the end of the decade, and looking back, I think we can confidently say the last 10 years have been the most progressive and giving years in the history of human innovation. Things like the Mars landing and reusable rockets are iconic advancements that will have an obvious impact on the future of the human race.
However, besides the innovations that can take us to other planets, technology has also transformed the human experience. The way we do common things, such as connecting, communicating, playing, working and living, has been transformed by technology.
Memories Via Technology
We used to take pictures and make videos to capture our most precious life moments: birthdays, weddings, graduations and business successes. Those pictures and videos usually came out at family gatherings to be viewed and cherished.
However, with the advent of smartphones and data connectivity, apps like Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat became the platform to share our moments with the world. Cloud apps such as Vid.camera & Google Drive became our repositories to save every memory in an organized manner.
We no longer have to rely on camera equipment and photography experts. Our smartphones are DSLRs, video cameras and editors all rolled into one. We can capture unlimited memories, share them with the world, keep them safely on the cloud and keep everything organized through some innovative applications.
While many people view wearable cameras as something only for mavericks, I predict that very soon people will choose to have cameras recording every second of their lives for the purposes of security just like we protect our homes and offices via surveillance. Decreasing costs for data and recording equipment shall bring in the new era soon.
Business Communication Via Technology
Connectivity and information sharing has always been a prerequisite for business. Be it for personal or for professional use, we have to share our information with other people. Things like our name, address, email address, phone number, etc., are the most basic things that we would need to communicate when conducting business.
This very exchange of information used to be a cumbersome task involving things such as faxes, brochures, visiting cards and Rolodexes, which consume a lot of paper and, in general, generate carbon waste.
However, with the advancement of technology, there is a fresh wind of change. Social media platforms and apps like LinkedIn, Viadeo and CardXe have made it even easier and faster for people to share their information without using paper. These platforms and applications don’t just conveniently and securely connect us with people across the world but are also environmentally friendly.
Connectivity is a necessity for doing business and with an overload of data, it can be a challenge to keep business information simple, accessible and transparent. Organizations should look for building common market places and tools so users don’t have to use 10 different apps or websites to find pertinent information when needed.
Gaming Via Technology
Games have always been a part of human culture — we bond and compete over games. Cricket, football, hockey, chess and many more games have been played for centuries now. The gaming industry changed drastically when technology came into the picture.
E-sports and mobile gaming have created an entire industry where people can get entertainment and earning. Online gaming became a spectator sport and gamers have become celebrities. This gave rise to a number of games and gaming apps like PUBG, GameForm, Call of Duty, etc. Now, people can not only play games from anywhere around the globe, but they can also earn exorbitant amounts of money.
The entire gaming industry is shifting to mobile gaming and with increasing processing power and faster data connectivity, more and more users will be playing multiplayer and VR games within the next decade. Gaming giants should focus on serving both extremes: casual gamers who want simple games and professional gamers who desire high-end competitive games.
Health Via Technology
Today, we strive to keep ourselves healthy and fit, from eating better to exercising more to wearing fitness trackers. As technology advanced, so did the field of health.
Modern machines and techniques practically changed the way we treat and manage our health. Applications and software like Practo, UpToDate and Locumotive have not only made things easier for people but also for doctors. With the internet being available 24/7, we can search and learn about various aspects of health and life within seconds. You can search for nearby health care professionals or get medication delivered to your house. Now, people can connect to doctors (and vice versa) easily and monitor their health with expert advice via mobile applications.
Health care has been one of the most rewarding use cases of technology, but health care databases need to be more robust, centralized and secure so global health care professionals can share important information and practices. I believe this would allow us to detect and contain disease outbreaks, serve patients based on medical history and provide more transparent health care.
The convenience offered by mobile applications and data connectivity is changing the framework of human interaction. As a tech-focused entrepreneur, I would urge the innovators to keep this trend in mind while exploring business ideas for implementation. People who are able to see the trajectory of technology progression will be able to capitalize on the opportunities thus created.