Try and think back to what type of technology made the biggest impact on your life. Many of you might be wondering how in the world we got to the age of sharing anything and everything online when a mere two decades ago we were still receiving Britannica encyclopedias in our mailboxes.
Advances in technology have led to profound effects on all things in life, whether it’s how we conduct business, how we study and teach, or how we get around. For instance, just eight years ago, only roughly 10% of vehicles could connect to the internet, compared to today’s figures of over 90%. Bonkers, right?
Our forefathers would be amazed to see that one of the greatest oppositions of the workforce isn’t just unreasonable bosses but instead, artificial intelligence! AI can and has been employed to take over the more mundane parts of office work, including archiving paperwork and setting up schedules. And the human workforce is left with the more challenging, thought-provoking tasks that AI has yet to perform at the same level as the human mind.
All kinds of technology are developing for the good of the people, regardless of what some people may think. It impacts business, society, education, communications, and everything in between. Tolerance of technology has also gone up, probably due to how easy life has become after centuries upon centuries of doing things manually.
So how exactly has the landscape of numerous industries and aspects of life been upgraded by progress in technology? Nearly everyone can say that their lives have been upgraded in nearly every way, but pinpointing the exact changes would require a list that could fill Remembrance of Things Past several times over.
This list, though not even close to touching on all of the different kinds of technology that have shaped our world, should give you a good idea of how different types of technology are being utilized in everyday life.
1. Agriculture Technology
- 1. Agriculture Technology
- 2. Architecture Technology
- 3. Art & Music Technology
- 4. Artificial Intelligence Technology
- 5. Assistive Technology
- 6. Business Technology
- 7. Communication Technology
- 8. Construction Technology
- 9. Educational Technology
- 10. Energy Technology
- 11. Entertainment & Media Technology
- 12. Industrial Technology
- 13. Information Technology
- 14. Internet of Things Technology
- 15. Medical Technology
- 16. Network Technology
- 17. Operation Technology
- 18. Product Technology
- 19. Robotics Technology
- 20. Science Technology
- 21. Sensor Technology
- 22. Space Technology
- 23. Superintelligence Technology
- 24. Transport Technology
- Final Thoughts
Whether you realize it or not, agriculture technology has provided one of the most beneficial upgrades to human life. Back in ancient days, managing more than an acre by a single person or family was unheard of, but today, that piece of land is nowhere near commercial scale.
Some of the more major technological advancements in agriculture include harvest automation, self-driving tractors, and robotic seeders and weeders, and the oh-so-popular drones. Unmanned aircrafts have become one of the more widely used pieces of agriculture technology by spraying large fields without needing to purchase expensive aircrafts.
And since modern farming practices require fewer workers and man hours, the cost of production has gone down while harvest yields have skyrocketed.
2. Architecture Technology
A practicing architect from the 90s and today will tell you immediately that technology has made his or her job exponentially easier and more efficient. Designing software lets builders create 3D renderings of their blueprint masterpieces in real-life scenarios with real-life physics to see how their creation would react to different situations.
Additionally, all sorts of categories of technology have lent a helping hand in the construction of buildings, either by providing more durable materials to withstand disasters or beautiful smart windows with controllable opacity.
Even simple sketches can be drawn on tablets and transferred to computers to finalize their work.
3. Art & Music Technology
The previous “architecture tech” is a sub-category in the wide world of art, so it’s clear that art has been impacted in a major way by progress in technology. All sorts of illustration and designing software are available, even for free, to help add color and life to their rough drawings.
As for music, some people might feel that technology ruined the creative process by turning any off-key musician into a Beyoncé-level singer through voice-assisting autotune. That’s up for debate, but what’s clear is that multiple online sharing platforms have introduced the world to aspiring artists who would otherwise have never hade the same opportunity to let the masses listen to their music.
4. Artificial Intelligence Technology
One of the most basic yet advanced ways our lives have been changed by technology is with the introduction of artificial intelligence. AI is the intelligence demonstrated by manmade machines similar to how a human or animal reacts. Though nowhere near perfect, AI has reached levels beyond astounding.
AI has helped businesses and government bodies in reducing work redundancies and inefficiencies through meticulous programming. In some parts of the world, AI in the form of robots are helping taking care of senior citizens.
So, regardless of how you feel about AI and “playing God,” everyone can admit that robots have made life tremendously easier in many ways.
5. Assistive Technology
Nursing home robots aren’t the only type of assistive technology. Those with disabilities may have a harder time dealing with a wide assortment of tasks—e.g., hearing, standing, walking—and technology has made it possible for such individuals to overcome their personal obstacles.
Hearing aids amplify sounds to help the hard of hearing, prosthetics help amputees regain many of the functions of missing limbs, and speech-to-text can help the blind send messages over alternative medias they would otherwise have no access to.
These kinds of technology are just the beginning of how science and advances in electronics can help those with disabilities.
6. Business Technology
Technology has helped numerous companies in countless industries achieve their goals in meaningful ways, whether it’s by expanding to different parts of the world or by outsourcing certain business functions abroad.
Business technology is a broad phrase used to describe everything that technology has made conducting business and achieving goals easier on the company. For instance, communications with overseas business partners no longer take weeks to receive feedback, and even by cutting costs by replacing assembly line workers with robots.
Some areas of business are still left untouched, such as the decision-making process, but technology has given the top leaders access to more information to produce a more meaningful decision.
7. Communication Technology
Perhaps the most significant way our lives have been affected by technology is through communications. As mentioned in previous sections, blind users can send text messages and emails thanks to speech-to-text technology, and companies can send messages across oceans and receive an answer in moments.
The average Joe and Jane have a smartphone in their pocket at this moment. This is thanks to the development and production of such technology. Open up your phone and see how many social media apps you have installed, and you’ll see further evidence that communicating with every connected person on the planet is easier than ever before.
8. Construction Technology
Technology has shaped modern construction in many ways. Nowadays, a wide range of building materials is used in construction, not just steel and concrete. You can find green materials such as straw, grasscrete, hempcrete, and recycled plastic, all going into erecting buildings thanks to scientific studies and cheaper production costs.
Construction software, 3D renderings, and drones have all helped architects and contractors visualize their blueprints into real-life, nearly tangible creations. Plus, communications have helped contractors seek our specialized workers for meticulous projects and negotiate work contracts before construction begins.
In nearly every way, construction technology has created a revolutionized landscape that olden-time builders would never comprehend.
9. Educational Technology
Educational technology has made life easier for students and teachers alike. At the time of this article, technology has become increasingly more apparent in the education sector. Our public schools may still rely on chalk and blackboards, but with everyone avoiding crowds at the moment, learning and teaching have barely been disrupted thanks to video conferencing software.
Additionally, many of the materials you need to study a certain field or subject are just a few clicks away. You can purchase or rent ebooks online, and you can even join online classes with world-class professors without leaving the comfort of your home.
10. Energy Technology
Energy technology has developed in strange ways. Steam was used to propel trains and cars, but it was slowly replaced by diesel. Now, scientists are looking towards renewable sources of energy which cause less damage to the environment. And they’re succeeding.
Electric vehicles are much greener than their gas-guzzling counterparts. Biodiesel is mixed with gasoline to reduce carbon emissions while having a higher fuel-efficiency rating than straight-up gas. Solar panels, wind turbines, and water turbines take the natural elements and convert them into cleaner energy for off-the-grid living.
Green sources of energy have yet to benefit all peoples of the world, mainly due to their high upfront construction, installation, and maintenance costs, but they’ll eventually phase out gas and coal.
11. Entertainment & Media Technology
The entertainment and media industries have changed for the better thanks to technology. The cost of production has gone down significantly, thereby increasing the production value. A creative person can use whatever multimedia editing software is available to them and create masterful pieces of videography to share online.
As for media, the landscape is virtually unrecognizable compared to a mere ten or twenty years ago. Today, newspapers, magazines, and other forms of printed media are no longer the norm. Instead, large media companies are publishing their content online for free or cheaper subscription fees. Plus, internet users can avoid media bias by anything that has been published ever.
12. Industrial Technology
Industrial technology has anything to do with simplifying the production process. This includes designing products, provisions of materials, using AI in the assembly line and packaging process, and so on. It’s clear that throughout modern history, the manufacturing process has been made easier by technological advancements in manufacturing plants.
Since manufacturing is driven by demand, more open access to information from the public allows companies to fine-tune their manufacturing processes to the exact specifications without going overboard. This ultimately reduces production costs, improves productivity, and makes things more affordable to everyone (in a general sense).
13. Information Technology
Information technology is the modern way of storing, accessing, transferring, and manipulating data. This is one of the industries that has benefited the most by technological advancements. For instance, email, instant messaging, and cloud storage have eliminated traditional ways of communication and archiving files.
Of course, IT is not 100% bulletproof as unauthorized users can retrieve and access files with a bit of clever programming. Since information is everything, smaller companies that cannot afford to hire top-notch computer security experts are more prone to cyber-attacks.
14. Internet of Things Technology
Internet of Things, or IoT, is the interrelation of computing devices with transferring data over a network. Essentially, this means anything can be connected to the internet or another wireless network (Bluetooth), including but not limited to espresso makers and robot vacuums.
The main benefit of the IoT is quicker data retrieval and transfer. By being connected to their household devices at all times, users are able to receive alerts in real time, letting them know that something is awry or requires their attention. For instance, smart doorbells with built-in cameras let homeowners know when someone is at the door.
15. Medical Technology
Without question, the healthcare industry relies on cutting-edge technology to function effectively and efficiently. For example, CT scans allow doctors to see what’s going on inside the body of a patient without performing exploratory surgery. Additionally, individuals are able to gauge their blood pressure without needing to visit a pharmacy or hospital with their very own blood pressure monitor.
Technology has also helped healthcare professionals improve their practice and research by obtaining astronomical amounts of information about their patients without invasive procedures. This ultimately leads to better treatment and control. Even though pagers are still widely used in hospitals, healthcare physicians have access to more reliable means of communicating.
16. Network Technology
Network technology is the transferring of data and digital resources over devices connected to a network. Similar to IT and communications technology, advances in technology has accelerated the process of how data is shared and accessed across wireless networks for better information collection and decision making.
Nowadays, people are able to share invaluable pieces of information through secure networks to authorized users without leaving the comfort of their home or desk. Messages can be sent instantly across great distances without relying on ancient methods of communication.
Though not 100% secure, network technology has become more reliable in the recent past, thanks to encryption.
17. Operation Technology
Many people have a grasp at what IT is but OT, not so much. Operational technology monitors and directs hardware and software to perform industrial-scale tasks. You can find OT used in large industries that automate processes that would otherwise be impossible for humans to do, such as shaping molten metal into fine wire.
Advances in OT have made it possible to use such tools, albeit much smaller, for home-industry purposes. One example is CNC machines—these devices can produce intricate cuts with the help of software to create masterful furniture and metalwork pieces.
18. Product Technology
Product technology is all about information, or rather how obtaining accurate information can lead to better products and services for the market. Manufacturers use this information to refine their products to meet the specific demands of a certain demographic to make their goods more appealing and sellable.
Product technology also involves creating the perfect workplace standards, finding the right workers, and designing the right products. With information becoming more easily accessible by large industries, through honest means or otherwise, companies can focus their marketing and production prowess toward more profitable avenues.
19. Robotics Technology
Robotic technology is closely linked to artificial intelligence. AI is more specifically focused on creating algorithms that emulate the thought processes of living beings, whereas robotic technology creates the hardware the houses these artificial thoughts. You can think of robotic technology as being the creation of a better “shell” for the AI.
Robots are used in nearly all industries, from automobile manufacturing to healthcare, and they need to be up to par with whatever standards are in place. For instance, a robot needs to have a heat-resistant “arm” that can deal with extreme temperatures, and senior care robots need to deliver a light touch to instill confidence in their patients.
20. Science Technology
Science technology is a blanket term for everything under the sun related to the development of technology. Without research, science cannot progress, and humans need more tools, equipment, and ways of retrieving data to create meaningful conclusions.
The development of science technology in recent times has accelerated the growth of technology by giving researchers the means of retrieving and organizing data, as well as running the numbers. Science technology can be an application, a tool, a methodology, or anything that helps scientists further their studies.
Basically, as it covers nearly every aspect of technology under the sun, scientists are the key to better development for future generations.
21. Sensor Technology
Sensor technology is pretty much straightforward. It’s the way robots and heavy-duty equipment are able to gauge distances, obstacles, and hazards that lay in its path. The simplest form of advanced sensor technology can be found in robotic vacuum cleaners that need to avoid staircases in order to remain productive.
Sensor technology uses a wide range of instruments to calculate distances and objects in order to warn its operators. Cameras, microphones, accelerometers, and memory are all required to boost the effects of sensory technology.
Another example of advanced sensory technology is in planes. Pilots don’t rely solely on their eye’s view, which would otherwise put their flight trajectory and passengers at risk.
22. Space Technology
Perhaps the most fascinating form of technology in this world (ironic, right?) is space technology. It’s crazy to imagine that scientists could fly an unmanned aircraft hundreds of miles in the sky to take images of objects literally millions of light years away. Whether these objects are still in existence or not, we may never know, at least with today’s level of space technology.
Space technology has helped some major corporations develop their own satellites for the benefit of mankind. Some of the most notable companies in modern times are working on a universal internet-for-all project that, by sending satellites to orbit our planet, will send internet signals for smart device owners in all four corners of the world.
23. Superintelligence Technology
Think of the smartest person you know, and try to imagine that person with their intellectual and reasoning levels to be thousands of times more potent. One example of superintelligence is Deep Blue, IBM’s computerized chess master who has beaten some of the most masterful players on the planet.
Superintelligence technology gives AI an extra boost in processing prowess in order to solve complex issues. There is a concern that incredibly intellectual AI minds may wonder why they have to take orders for meat bags like us, but thankfully, we have yet to see that day.
24. Transport Technology
Transport technology refers to how goods or humans are moved from one place to another. Think of trains, cars, and planes, and you should have a good idea of what this type of technology entails.
Back in the day, we relied on steam automobiles that worked beautifully at the time, but as cars became more commonplace, the need for speed practically eliminated steam engines once and for all. Today, there are autonomous vehicles that can navigate the roads safely—sometimes even better than humans!
Developments in transport technology have also led to less expensive modes of travel, such ad reduced airfare and fuel prices.
As you can see, technology is all around us, in ways we comprehend and don’t. With scientists constantly discovering new things, the potential of all mankind seems limitless, even if we’re focused more on our smartphones than the world around us.
Ultimately, we should all be thankful for how technology has made our lives exponentially lives easier, even though some negativity has sprouted out of progress in many categories of technology.
But one thing is for certain: no matter how much resistance there is against progress, science is an unstoppable force, and technology will continue to advance, with or without your support. And if you ask us, we wouldn’t have it any other way.