Technology has changed our lives forever. In this day and age, we are used to downloading apps and using our smartphones for virtually everything, be it taking Instagram-worthy photos or shopping online. We can use smart devices to organize and handle almost every aspect of our reality. We stand in awe before the advance of artificial intelligence, machine learning, predictive analytics, and computers that fit in the pocket.
It is true that novelties come and go and buzz quickly wears off. After all, there is always something newer and more exciting waiting around the corner. But, new tech solutions are not just about some sheer awesomeness and cool factor. They hold power to improve our lifestyle, health, and time management. So, let us present some innovations that are here to stay and rock our world.
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All-in-one service apps
On the winds of rapid tech evolution and rising data accessibility, apps are getting more versatile and powerful. Take the example of Appnext Actions, a solution that draws inspiration and builds on the success of tools like Wechat (a Chinese social app for all things mobile. Namely, Appnext’s flagship streamlines various business activities that need to be performed on mobile devices.
Businesses are able to better understand the context of users in real-time and integrate different services in one dashboard. Along the similar lines, we see modern users downloading fewer and fewer apps (the time spent in them is still increasing) and gravitating towards tools that encompass various different functionalities. Facebook is already buffing up its Messenger by implementing taxi and food ordering features into it. Other social and tech gains are likely to follow suit.
Robotics and automation
Robotic servants are a true life-savior for people with limited capacity or no time to handle house chores. Today, there are various models capable of tackling tedious and recurring activities, such as ironing and cleaning. We also have novelties like self-piloting vacuum cleaners rolling in. The groundwork for them to full shine is already present: a system of Wi-Fi-enabled appliances and smart home solutions.
Besides, AI tech allows robots to operate with zero supervision and even learn our habits and preferences. So, various small and not-so-small robotic minions will soon free us from tiring housework. Scientists predict that, for most households, this will happen by 2050. The forthcoming automation will finally give us human a chance to sit back and relax. At the same time, we will be able to retain control over the living environment via smart devices.
Despite the uproar about its negative implications, technology is improving the quality of life, increasing its expectancy, and boosting our mental and physical health. With the surge in wearable tech, we can closely monitor vital health functions via portable trackers. One of them assesses your sleeping patterns and tells you how much shuteye time you need and the other measures your heart rate and blood pressure.
But, recording and analyzing information in real-time is already old news. Today, we have Google Glass tech being used to live-stream a surgery. Moreover, it is possible to schedule virtual consultations with the doctor via instant messaging or apps like Skype. This vastly improves communication between patients and healthcare providers and suggests we will rarely have to leave our homes in order to get checked or even receive medical assistance.
New means of transportation
With the advent of driverless cars and other vehicles straight out of SF movies, we will have more time to dedicate towards things that matter the most in life, like our health and family. Self-driving cars have already hit the roads across the globe. They will only grow in numbers and reducing traffic congestions and accidents. Most likely, they will impact our jobs, improve access to transportation, and dramatically reduce the hassle of commuting.
Let us also not forget the fact that we are reaching new heights in terms of areal mobility. Airbus has carried out successful testing of its ’flying taxi’ (officially called ‘Alpha One prototype’) that uses vertical hovering to ascend. Meanwhile, Dubai has uncovered two-seater drone designed to transport people autonomously. The city plans to lead the race of innovation and move one-quarter of all passengers this way by 2030.
Novelty shopping and delivery solutions
Several technologies will work in conjunction to completely transform the shopping experience as we know it. The trend of online shopping spreading everywhere and this tendency will be bolstered by the arrival of drones for package delivery. Giants like Amazon are championing this trend, which is poised to cut the time needed to receive goods, but also reduce the carbon footprint.
And this is not all. Augmented reality (AR) already enables customers to do incredible things such as virtually “trying on” clothes and hairstyles. Artificial intelligence (AI) will have a role to play as well, producing shopping lists based on previous patterns. So, we will have few incentives to swim through crowds in shopping malls and stores. What is more, we will be able to bid farewell to long waiting times that tend to put off online buyers.
The future is upon us
Technology is advancing by leaps and bounds, leaving a slew of innovative solutions and tools in its wake. These are embedded into every facet of life: devices and appliances can brew your coffee, provide you with instant knowledge, and save you from harm. And this is just the beginning. There is an omnipresent flow of data engulfing the globe, fostering a state of the interconnectedness. It is time to think even bolder and bigger.
In the article, we have covered some of the most important technologies shaping us today, but in the near future, we could have nanorobots in our bloodstream and 3D printing creating valuable devices in underdeveloped areas. With the growing global brain of knowledge and tools more powerful than ever, we can certainly work wonders. It might be hard to predict how our life will look like, but high-tech-infused it will be no doubt.