TOPIC: Did Technology Improve Our Lives?
Modern technology did improve human life tremendously in so many facets. We are going to look at the improvement of technology to the human race in the area such as Agriculture, Communication, Transportation, Education, Sports, Trade, and Commerce. Sit tight let’s get the ball rolling… Before then, our previous topic “How technology has influenced us” is an interesting one to read.
Technology has mechanized agriculture:
Modern agricultural technology and tools allow a small number of people to grow vast quantities of food in a short period of time with less input which results in high yields and return on investment. Many local farmers have managed to acquire plowing, sowing, watering and harvesting machines. Instead of manual cultivations with hoes, we now have mechanized tractors; instead of manual weeding we now have chemicals that kill weeds. The aid of technology in agriculture has also resulted in the manufacturing of genetic crops which can grow fast and they can be resistant to many pests and diseases. Also, farmers have access to artificial fertilizers which add value to the soil and boost the growth of their crops and enable them to produce high-quality yields. Farmers in dry areas have been in a position to grow healthy crops, with the help of advanced water pumps and sprinklers which derive water from rivers to the farms, the all process can be automated to save time and increase yields.
With modern technology, livestock productions have increased and made easy. We can now boast of cattle colonies and close grazings instead of moving cattle from region to region. Also, we have produced mechanized feeds and feeding for our livestock.
Through technology, food processing and storage is now done with ease. Food crops can be transformed and processed into various means and forms for our consumption.
With technology, we can produce so many items of goods from one source of farm produce.
Technology has improved communication:
Communication is the transfer of the message, data or information from one person to another or from one medium to another. Communication is used for a number of purposes. Both society and organizations depend on communication to transfer information. People use technology to communicate with each other. Electronic media like radios, televisions, internet, social media have improved the way we exchange ideas which have developed our societies. In many societies, radios, televisions newspapers and social media’s are used to voice the concerns of the society, they organize live forums where the community can contribute through mobile phones or text messages or comments. During political elections, leaders use radio, television and internet media to reach the people they want to serve. Communication technologies like Televisions, radios, and internet are used to persuade, entertain and inform the society. Business organizations are using the radio, televisions, internet and mobile communication technology to grow and improve, as well as deliver and advertise their goods and services.
With electronics mail services such as Yahoo and Gmail, the society can now relay messages from one end to another and get a feedback within some seconds.
With chat messengers such as Yahoo, WhatsApp, Facebook, Wechat, Skype, Youtube and Snapchat, we can now share instant messages, pictures, audios and videos from one location to another within the twinkle of an eye, and such messages, audios, and videos can be stored for future use or reference.
Technology has improved education and learning process.
Education is the backbone of every economy. People need well and organized educational infrastructures and institution so they can learn how to interpret information efficiently and effectively. Educational institutions are integrating educational technologies in their schools with a great aim of improving the way teachers teach and how students learn. Technologies like smart whiteboards, computers, mobile phones, pads , projectors, and internet are being used in classes and lecture halls to boost teaching and learning. Visual education is becoming more popular and it has shown to be the best method of learning in many subjects like mathematics, physics, biology, geography, economics etc. These have made the business community to invest in various educational technologies which can be used by both teachers and students. For example, on app stores, you will find many educational applications which can allow students and teachers exchange academic information at any time, this has made learning mobile and flexible.
Also, programs like Long distance learning have opened boundaries too so many scholars around the world. People can be gaining education or knowledge from a foreign institution while at their local base
Similarly, through the internet, people can learn so many skills, languages and knowledge through virtual and online instructors. It’s due to the online system which has helped the poor and those restricted by external factors in rural factors to enjoy the gain of being educated and remain equality with the civilized society.
Classroom lectures and learning have been improved by technological tools such as CD-Tapes, Laptops, FlashDrives, Calculators, Pagers, and Recorders.
Technology has improved transportation:
Transportation is one of the basic areas of technological activity. Both society and businesses have benefited from the new transportation methods. Transportation provides mobility for people and goods. Transportation, like all other technologies, can be viewed as a system. It is a series of parts that are interrelated. These parts all work together to meet a certain goal. Transportation uses vehicles, trains, airplanes, motorbikes, people, roads, energy, information, materials, finance and time. All these parts operate in unison to move and relocate people and goods. Technology has helped in advancing all the four types of transportation and these include ; (1) road transport used by automobiles ,(2) air transport which is used by airplanes , (3)water transportation which is used by ships and speed boats and (4)space transportation used to go to the moon. The most used of all these is Road transportation, this one facilitates the movement of goods and people. Technologies like automobiles, buses, trains, and trucks have improved the way humans locomote and how we transmit our goods from place to another.
Technology has improved Commerce and Trade.
The role of technology has caused a tremendous growth in trade and commerce. Business concepts and models were transformed as a result of the introduction of technology. This is because technology gave a new and better dimension on how to go about with trade and commerce. It provided a faster, convenient, and efficient way of performing commercial transactions.
Some of the improvement of technology in commerce and trade include accounting systems, management information systems, the point of sales systems, and other simpler or more complicated tools. Even the calculator is a product of technology. It is indeed unthinkable to summon the idea of going back to the days where everything was done manually, which basically means starting all over again from basics.
With the automated processes that technology provides, productivity reaches a higher level. This is due to the minimal resources consumed in processing commercial activities, affording an avenue for refined products and faster services delivered to more clients and customers.
As Information is also stored with ease and integrity. Confidential and sensitive information are less prone to vulnerabilities and threats. This information can also be instantly retrieved and analyzed to monitor market trends and make forecasts, which can be crucial in decision-making processes.
Technology improved commerce and trade as it now feasible to have a wider reach in the global market. The basic example is the Internet, which is now a common marketing tool to attract more consumers in availing and advertising products and services offered by various firms.
Technology also improved commerce and trade in the area of banking. Consumers and producers can pay for goods and service through automated cash payment system such as POS, ATMs, and Quickteller. Funds can be wired fro/to an account from/to an intentional destination for transaction purposes.
Technology improved sports and fitness.
Technology improved sports through the Analysis of sports performance and enabling coaches to greatly improve the quality of feedback to players/athletes. Nowadays, coaches and athletes are familiar with performance and fitness trackers. These gadgets are worn by athletes and football players during training so that coaches can ascertain the fitness and performance level of individual players.
Similarly, coaches are equipped with tools and gadgets to monitor players, organize training, scout and analyze opponents and tactics.
Technology improved sports by enabling referees, umpires and sports officials to make better decisions on rule infringements. Goal line technologies and Video-Assisted Referees (VAR)have been included to help soccer referees to be transparent and accurate in making decisions in the field of play.
Also, computerized score system also assists umpires in awarding points and score to boxers during matches, tennis players and basketball players during games. The same as the Event Replay System, which helps to clear doubts of an action.
Electronic timing controlled by computers is employed to measure performance times of athletes in a great many sports including Athletics, Cycling, Skiing, Bobsled, Triathlon and many more. In the case of Athletics, the electronic timing also measures the athlete’s reaction time to the start gun in case the athlete moves too early in the blocks.
Technology improved sports through Improvements in the design of sports equipment and apparel. Sports wears and jerseys now design with several synthetic and technological effects that make the wear to absorbs heats, and be conducive to the players during severe or mild weather conditions.
They are also an improvement in the design and makeup of soccer balls used for different tournaments that will suit the climate condition. Notably is the ‘Jabulani’ used during the 2012 Fifa World Cup in South Africa.
They are also a wide range of sophisticated sports and fitness equipment at our disposal today depending on what ones need are.
Technology also improved sports by providing spectators with a better viewing of sports performance and activities. Sporting events can be viewed and followed by any part of the word, many thanks to digital electronic and computer.
As a result of miniaturized video cameras, spectators are also now able to witness sports performance in ways that previously were not possible. Video cameras can be placed in places such as racing cars, cricket stumps, goal posts, and even on the athlete themselves.
Technology equally improved sports through the Nutrition and Fitness program. Nutrition and Fitness software is obviously the most important features of the technology that affects an athletes performance in sport. Technology is rapidly becoming involved in the monitoring and analyzing of athletes nutrition and fitness levels with software programs such as BodyByte – which is software program developed to organize and manage all the information associated with athletes nutrition, fitness, and training. It provides a greater accuracy than manual analyze and has been used to aid a number of sports coaches and professionals, allowing to improve their athlete’s diet and training routine.
Advancement in technology has improved our life tremendously in various forms and area. Essays and thesis can now be written digitally, researchers are done effortlessly, we can connect with the wider world easily, perform commercial transactions accurately and sharply, increase agricultural yields, we have found cures and medicine to diseases, gotten new and better avenues to secure lives and properties, and so on. A naysayer might claim that technology exposed us to various dangers and risks, but those risks have more to do with persons handling the tool than the technology itself. Placing the blames of our inability and failure to positively make use of the tools on technology is a bit misnomer.
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