I mentioned in a recent article that I am 76 years young, so I have obviously witnessed huge advancements in technology during my time. Here then, are some of the most innovative technological advancements that have impacted the way in which we live our lives:
IoT (Internet of Things)
Obviously, the Internet and the World Wide Web have changed so many aspects of everyday life, from the way in which we listen to music and view videos to communications and information gathering. In more recent times this has led to the IoT. Who would have thought that we’d end up being able to control ordinary household items through an app or using voice commands? Among the IoT devices I own are a doorbell/camera, lighting systems, Google Home, and smart plugs. I am a self-confessed gadget freak, after all.
It was inconceivable back in the day that an ordinary wired rotary-dial telephone could eventually morph into the fantastic multi-purpose devices that smartphones are today. I’ve mentioned previously in other articles how the miniaturization of electronics has been a major influence on the advancement of technology, in all areas, and the smartphone is no exception.
When I was a kid, we used to listen to devices known as “Transistor Radios”. These radios were graded by the number of transistors – 4,6,8,10, etc. – with the higher numbers of transistors increasing both performance and price exponentially. In those days, transistors were about the size of a pinky fingernail, today hundreds of transistors could easily fit on the surface of one of those old transistors.
Oh, how I wish smartphones had been around during my working life.
Smart TVs & Streaming Services
My dad was a TV technician and I still remember the very first TV we owned circa the mid-1950s. The TV’s cabinet was about 10 times the size of the 12″ viewing screen and, by today’s standards, it was the equivalent of looking at a postage stamp. We could never have guessed that these humble beginnings would one day see TVs with mega-large flat screens capable of displaying color pictures in HD and UHD.
There is little doubt that the advent of streaming video services has changed the way in which we view TV shows and movies. Again, a byproduct of the Internet with all its marvels. I currently subscribe to 4 streaming video services and rarely watch any free-to-air- programs, with the local evening news being a rare exception. So much choice, so many great shows to watch, and all ad-free. Bloody marvelous!
Health & Medicine
I’ve included this category only because one of my granddaughters suffers from full-blown cystic fibrosis. When she was born the average life expectancy was around 14 years. She is now 28 years old, married, and the mother of a little baby boy. She’d been told her entire life that she could never have a child and these miracles are down to advancements in treatment and, largely, much improved drugs. We are grateful every single day that our beautiful granddaughter is still with us and shall remain so for many years to come.
There are obviously many more tech innovations worthy of mention. What is your favorite? Let us know in the comments.