Tech Times

Hello, beautiful readers.

I know that I have been blogging like a crazy person of late, but there are so many topics that connect us.

 I stepped out of my comfort zone and wrote about a topic that has been taking over our lives ever since the first cell phone came out. On April 3, 1973, from a Manhattan street corner — 6th Ave. between 53rd and 54th — Motorola’s Martin Cooper placed the world’s first mobile phone call.

 This is the most eye-opening tech fact, ever.

A way of life that has improved the standard of living as well as the working sector for decades, the way we depend on for easier, quicker results in just about everything that we do.

Technology has made human life so much better than it was in the Medieval era. Can you imagine a life prior to tech that has graced Mother Earth?

 

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Let’s take a closer look at how some of the top industries have improved from the tech era.

Agriculture – How Tech has changed the industry

Technology has helped farms become animated and data-driven. GPS tech has helped farmers to monitor their crops and livestock. According to AgClassroom.org, commercial fertilizer use had risen from about 4 million tons in 1900s to 48 million tons in the late 1990s.

Farmers now have GPS-based tech to steer equipment and allows farmers to control their equipment from the comfort of their office.

In 1994, the Food and Drug Administration granted the first approval of biotech engineered for genetified crops that Calgene and Monsanto developed.

A 2011 issue of Precision Ag Resources Magazine highlighted software products like SST to analyse data from satellite images of weather, crop, and equipment.

Education – How Tech has changed the sector

Creating a global platform and not restricted to a single platform. Tech has helped bridge the way for educators to connect worldwide.

More and more institutes have digitalized the assessment process. Students can take online tests and have results within minutes.

Removing the traditional assessment, E-learning improves the lives of both student and teacher. Improved interaction between student and teacher via e-mail ensures constant interaction. Online colleges cut out formal exams and costs – Definitely, a bonus with all these varsity strikes occurring.

Information is no longer restrained to textbook format, online versions for iPads, tablets and laptops are available. Information is available within seconds! Tech and media go hand-in-hand. Using videos and multimedia aids has definitely transformed learning methods over the last few years. This makes learning more engaging and fun. A better way to store information for later use in your life.

Film – How Tech has changed the industry

Since the very first motion picture tech has developed new ways to enjoy the final piece. It’s difficult to imagine a time when the sight of a silent moving train could send the audience diving for cover – that is proof of how times have changed.

From 3D, green screens and CGI the world of cinema has tech advancements to thank! Shooting in digital is easier and uses less time than what filmmakers used decades ago. Multiple cameras can run at the same shot and not waste on retakes.

‘Once upon a time, 24 frames per second was an industry standard. But thanks to major advances in filming technologies, movies like The Hobbit boast 48 frames per second – making it the first movie in Hollywood history to surpass the standard fps rate. The result? A more immersive, visually stunning rendition of J.R.R. Tolkien’s universally cherished tale’ – Sourced from MPAA

‘On movie sets across the world, Red One Digital cameras are transforming the filming process by replacing the standard 35 mm camera with a smaller, lighter, and thus more portable camera solution – without lessening image quality. Now filmmakers everywhere can exercise their craft without being anchored down by heavy equipment.’ – Sourced from MPAA

Without technology, it would be impossible for Hollywood to produce the volume of movies that it does today. Although it is a nice thought to have that vintage feel, digital just trumps traditional.

Journalism – How Tech has changed the industry

Sight and Sound

Digital audio devices, cameras, podcasts and Photoshop have all improved how journalists tell the story. Adding audio and visual enhancement adds to an overall read and connects the reader to the topic at hand.

Media Tools

Laptops, tablets, mobile apps and smartphones now have improved software for easier navigation and storytelling. Tech definitely has helped the journalism industry within the last decade!

Connectivity

Cellphone networks, email, social media and Wi-Fi play an important role in today’s society of sending and receiving daily news from around the world.

Citizen journalism and technology advances have not replaced traditional news, but aid in the process and reporters gain experience from field analysis and citizen stories as well as comments from latest news of the day.

Media is way more diverse with more than 30 000 blogs and other social media and 20 000 news websites, which 95% did not exist in 1999.

Healthcare – How Tech has changed the sector

Improved Care and Efficiency

A key area that has grown and continues to do so is patient care. The use of information technology has made patient care safer and more reliable.

Software Improves Healthcare and Disease Control

Software also plays a vital role in tracking procedures and using billing methods that not only reduce paperwork levels but also allow practitioners to use this data to improve quality of care and all around efficiency.

Doctors report that they benefit from tech advancements used today.

Patients enjoy the fact that software has created a greater degree of transparency in the healthcare system.

Where did Technology originate?

In a nutshell, it had a few places – Greece, Rome and later England. The word only came into English existence over 100 years ago #WHATTHE??

‘Technology empowerment relies on the understanding that the word holds many different meanings to many different people. In some respects the word holds cultural and societal attitudes deeply towards it, its uses and its teachings. In modern times, the word is so abstract that if you were to Google “What is Technology?” you would receive over 3 billion results.’ Explains blogger, Evan Scherr – https://evanscherr.wordpress.com

The Downsides To Technology

  • Human interaction will be isolated as texting is the new norm.

  • Less jobs as robotic staff will take over and cut costs of employment and labour.

  • Isolation from the world as digital interaction is the new norm, too (Yes, this pretty much links with the first point)

  • Tech can fail. One minute everything is going smoothly, then BAM instant shut down. It happens to the best of us.

 From cell phones to self-driven cars and everything else in between – What will humans think of next?

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Sources: Inc.com, LinkedIn, Forbes.com, The Huffington Post, HowStuffWorks, MPAA.com, Ideations (WordPress blog)

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