Technology is meant to better our lives – to make our tasks easier, our efforts more productive, and our entertainment more grand. New gadgets and new applications are a thriving industry in themselves. Everything is more connected, more convenient, than it once was. This is the modern trend that will continue to impact our lives for the foreseeable future.
Many of these tech companies are driven by the prevalence of smart devices and a growing desire for automation. Wi-Fi is becoming the nervous system of our daily lives, far beyond texting and social networks. If you’ve ever locked your keys in the car, or forgotten whether you locked the front door behind you – naturally there’s an app for that. Wi-Fi connects you to your home via the Internet and your smart phone. You can start the laundry, mop the floors, feed your pets, even clean the litter box or generate your grocery list on the drive to work. As smart appliances become more prevalent you’ll be able to do most chores without being home at all. The daily routine will be pre-programmed, and you’ll be off to the beach.
Oxford Dictionary defines a robot as “a machine capable of carrying out a complex series of actions”. Robots have transformed industry and will continue to do so. They create more jobs than they steal. A tech boom is a boom for supporting industries. Companies like Streamline Circuits specialize in the complex circuit boards these devices need to function. Robotic devices are part of daily life, too, beyond robotic vacuums. The NAO robot is a tiny but programmable servant that can be butler or tutor. Market demand likely means bigger and more complex versions.
Distributed computing – the cloud – fuels the trend toward small hand-held devices with Internet access. Server farms already provide more storage and computing power than most people need. Devices like Space Monkey provide instant access to a whopping terabyte of secure storage. Apple’s Siri (Speech Interpretation and Recognition Interface) has opened up the market for voice-activated Internet access. Voice-recognition computing has been around for years, but is only now coming into its own, as big tech firms like Google and Microsoft race to perfect it for the booming demand.
The impact of these technologies is fulfilling the promise of science. Easing our daily burdens gives us more freedom to enjoy jumbo TVs – maybe even each other.