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Impact of Technology on Our Future

I still remember when I bought my first ever mobile phone, the year was 2000 and I bought a Vodafone set that was good for 2 things only, making/receiving calls and sending/receiving sms, that was what the phone was for back then, it was expensive and I had to buy it out of necessity.

Now lets fast forward to today, 18 years later, I can buy a touch phone for the same price with following features and more

  1. Make/receive calls
  2. Send/receive SMS
  3. Audio player
  4. Movie Player
  5. Camera
  6. Image/Video Gallery
  7. Emails
  8. Internet
  9. Facebook
  10. WhatsApp
  11. Skype
  12. Voice / Video Calls capability
  13. Maps
  14. App Stores
  15. Online Content
  16. YouTube
  17. Capability to download any app we want
  18. Online Banking
  19. And so much more

This not only demonstrate the rate at which the technology has evolved but also the amount of information that is now available to a common man at the same price at which only calls and SMS were available 18 years ago and this is not applicable for just cell phones, we see the same pattern in all technological products in our lives.

This is a significant shift in the way we live, back in 2000, I was in Engineering university and I still remember the amount of effort we had to put in to get a project developed but now you don’t have to go anywhere, just sitting on a couch and using your cell phone you can access all the information you need from all over the world and plan out a project right then and there. It’s amazing to see how easy it is to get things done now as compared to 2 decades ago.

So what this means is that we are going towards reducing the cost of things and at the same time increasing the amount of information available to a common man.

This shift in the reduction of prices and increase in the information available has lead to the creation of amazing products that we dared not think about 70 years ago like, battery based electric cars, self driving cars, privatisation of space exploration, enhancements in medical field, advancement in drone technology and it’s use in our daily life, Solar technology and other renewable energy solutions, the way we communicate in real-time all over the world, availability of GPS to a common man, availability of street level maps, the innovative solutions that are arising because of the concept of 3D printing and much much more.

We are lucky to be alive in a time like this, where we can see the shift in technology and the marvels human race is creating. We are also lucky because of the fact that even a poor person today has more luxury available to them than what kings used to have 200 years ago, we have redefined and set new standards to the meaning of the word poor.

What we need now is to figure out what to do with the luxury that has been given to us in the form of abundance of information available everywhere, how we can use this information to expand our creativity and think of new ways to take human race forward, how to use this excessive information to think out of the box and come up with new and unorthodox solutions to our daily problems and make our world an even better place.

Absar A. Ansari

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