The most technologies that have changed our lives


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The most technologies that have changed our lives

We can no longer imagine life without technology. Walking down the street talking on the phone, making remote arrangements, virtually touring the place where we will go on vacation … these are small actions that little by little we have been incorporating into our daily routine, but that until recently cost us travel, time and paperwork.

Despite the fact that numerous 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 for several more decades, 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 like that, they are still fiction.

However, much progress has been made. These are some of the great technological protagonists of our time:

 smartphones, which continue their upward trend. According to a study by Analysis Mason, in 2014 there will be 1700 million 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 such as the desktop computer and even laptops.

Mobile applications or apps, which are used in all areas: leisure, travel, games, management, health, emergencies, education, environment, or for activities as specific as learning languages or acting as a ”seeing eye dog” for blind people. Their success lies in the fact that they make life easier for us and entertain us.

The press and digital books, online music, movies on the net … 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 media will lead to the annihilation of the paper press, and the decline of the recording and film industries as they are currently conceived.

Telemedicine. In the field of health, not only are new drugs and equipment being researched for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases, but technology has become the great ally of health professionals, who use it daily to monitor their patients or to share information in real time with other professionals. On the other side of the “counter” are patients, who use technology and the Internet to corroborate the diagnosis of doctors or simply to find out about their possible pathologies.

Online training (elearning) and online  courses (MOOC, massive open online courses). 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 attend a center in person or have a budget to expand our knowledge. There is everything on the net, and even free courses from universities, such as Stanford, open to everyone. It is only necessary to register.

Smart cities and the  Internet of Things. More and more cities are becoming smart, “intelligent”, in order to optimize the available resources and improve people’s lives. These cities must meet three characteristics: respect for the environment, sustainable development and use of information and communication technologies (ICT). How do they work? With thousands of devices (cameras, sensors, mobile devices) that communicate in real time what is happening around you, providing information about the temperature, the arrival of the next bus, warnings about traffic, noise levels, presence of CO2, etc, Santander, Malaga, Barcelona and Madrid are some examples of this type of cities in the service of the citizen.

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 traceability of food were located. Nowadays it is increasingly applied to people. The fashion to check-in (share and save the places you visit) through applications like Foursquare has made it possible for everyone to be located (if they 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 to know what we think about a place, but also to companies, to promote their businesses.

E-commerce. report on the Information Society in Spain, there were almost 20 percent more e-commerce operations in our country in 2012 than in 2011. There are already 27 online shoppers for every 100 inhabitants. This marks a trend change in consumers’ shopping habits and in business.

The means of payment. From the traditional payment by credit or debit card, it is evolving towards mobile payment, using technologies such as NFC (Near Field Communication), and even payment with virtual currencies such as the famous Bitcoin. We don’t even talk about cash anymore…

Blogs, instant messaging and social networks. Picking up the phone and meeting someone has become outdated. Instant messaging, with Whatsapp at the forefront, and social networks, with Facebook at the forefront with its 1,000 million users, have generated a new mode of relationship and communication between individuals, and between these and companies. Every year more users and businesses join the ranks of social networks. The former as a means  of meeting people, relating and having an opinion. The latter, to approach the consumer, attract new customers, build loyalty, sell…

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