Be as much primitive as possible without any phones/gadgets or anything modern with us and be absorbed in trees or mountains or stars and sky.
But most of us know that is not possible anymore, rest are still hopelessly hopeful.
How did we reach here that we are unable to live our lives without our modern facilities unless painfully imposed upon.
So that brings us to a very simple looking but difficult to think through question of what technological advacements were done in last decade that have changed or have the capacity to change our lives in a way that we will not able to live without it.
Here is my take on top 5 or 6 with my limited understanding and humble opinion.
First of all Thank you for reading till here, I now urge you to journey through my thoughts with me.
The basis of the selection is the impact that it makes/can make to make our lives better.
1. Maps and Navigation in Real Time Technology
Although some of the big players like Google had started exploring the maps based tech in 2000s itself but even for them the biggest advancements in technologies for maps came only in the last decade.
Some of you may be wondering why is this important , its just a map?
Well, even if you remove the commercial aspects/usages of it where it can used as a tool to find/put businesses we may never otherwise be able to, the map based technology so simply gives you the incredible power to travel anywhere in the world in a transport mode of your choice without any hesitation and language barriers with all the latest information.
Suppose you trip-in in Spain without any Spanish language knowledge and without any idea how to reach the nearest disco.
This tech comes to your rescue.
Going to your office and want to avoid traffic routes , maps to the rescue.
Running out of fuel or hungry on a road trip , again maps gives you all the upcoming and nearby petrol pumps or restaurant information
Given the scale of users that simultaneously use it and the real time traffic updates you get with impeccable time estimates for your destination, the technology behind it is simply astonishing.
Imagine another scenario : You have never traveled to New York neither have the means to but with the street maps features you feel like you can travel in each and every lane , you can take any turn and see what is there. Tell me if this was even imaginable in the previous decade. I bet you can’t.
2. Block Chain
Some people say that Block Chain has achieved its biggest use case and that is crypto currency.
Some people may also claim that Block Chain as a tech has failed to live up to masses but there is more.
To give idea about Block Chain , it is a tamper proof de-centralized ledger where each party maintains ledgers and transaction operate strictly upon the laid out contracts which can not be broken.
The tech may be not be as mass adopted as the maps or smartphones but the power of transparency that it gives is huge.
Imagine – Every banking ledger is now de-centralized. Multiple banks across multiple geographies involved in money remittance are doing transactions without any one having the capacity of temper with the record of financial transaction.
Now if this technology is adopted by lets say Indian govt services to track where individual files/records of work are going , whether approval for a certain road / bridge is there or not , documents for contract applications are then would it not help us reduce corruption.
Wow , that would really be the 21st century way of curbing corruption.
Did not get much , dont worry imagine these more people friendly scenario
If Big Boss Season 13 voting is on a block chain medium then you can remove the fake voting as well 😛
3. Health Tech
Your health is always personal but previously the means to track your health were not. You were hitting gym to get a coach, going to doctors for checkups for blood pressure monitoring etc etc.
Now with the advent of smartphones and smartwatches combined with complex algorithms running on sensors you can track your health and fitness and food.
There are tons of apps like Skimble, Endomondo, Nike , Cult.fit that help you do excercise properly without a heavily paid coach or gym. You may access some advanced programs/features for a nominal subscription fee.
Also on these apps you can easily track your food calories , steps taken , heartbeat and all sport activities.
Smartwatches / smart-bands like that of Apple’s can now actually help you take ECG in addition to heart beat monitoring with immaculate accuracy.
What a momentous achievement.
Now I believe we can track our health and fitness and food in a much more aware and simple way.
So no more excuses for being lazy.
4. Autonomous Vehicle/Electric Cars
Are we there yet ! Not yet . Are we there yet ! Not Yet
These may be the words of a nursery rhyme that my kid listens to but it aptly suits the Autonomous vehicles.
Carriages without horses were considered unimaginable at one point and till few years back cars without a person driving it was considered a fantasy fiction or James Bond type of stuff.
But with the likes of Google, Audi, Tesla etc throwing in weight behind autonomous vehicle tech it made much faster progress.
Although the tech is getting mature with each passing day but it has yet to reach a point where any fatality with such vehicle could have come even with a person inside it driving the vehicle.
That is to say Autonomous Vehicles getting safer and safer everyday but any accident causes by it will definitely cause debates.
Electric Vehicles – Almost all the hydrocarbons produced over a billion of years are on the verge of depletion but not before causing massive climate impacts affecting all of us every day.
The cost of vehicular pollution is causing citizens of cities like New Delhi, Beijing, Bangalore to migrate.
So any medium of vehicle that does not use hydrocarbons fuels and is safe for our children is the future.
There were hints of companies working on hydrogen based tech but eventually the most successful is the one using backbone of our modern civilization.
Yes, and Now Electric vehicles are not in the future anymore because future is here and we are living in it.
From Rimac Concept One, MG ZS EV, Telsa model 3 there are super cars, to mass cars to sports cars all using electric tech or hybrid on the least.
And man do they not only reduce the CO2 pollution these cars make little or no engine noise.
Now thats what i call a Double wham.
5. Artificial Intelligence
Perhaps the biggest buzzword of the last decade is AI.
Do you love the recommendation that Netflix or Amazon Shopping gives you ?
Do you want love the scene detection and camera setting changes done automatically in your camera. Then you should not be surprised to know that the power of Artificial Intelligence is giving you all these.
Well people may argue that data is not the new OIL but definitely it is a huge boon for any business to analyze their customers.
Thats why the data gathered on consumers beheavior is helping corporates to predict consumer behavior, economic growth, predict and plan budget using complex mathematical models powering AI.
The Artificial Intelligence is slowly complementing every technology around us.
And in coming future will be more absorbed in everything around us just like internet or smartphones without us even realizing.
Well here was my take for for top technological advancements of last decade but feel free share with my what in your opinion are the top technological developments.
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