Since time immemorial, all of man’s efforts have been directed at one thing: making life easier. Be it the wheel, the light bulb, the telephone or a host of other advancements, the intent has never changed – make oneself more comfortable and reduce workload. Ironically, man has worked tirelessly towards technological developments aimed at making a job less tiresome. Whatever be the case, it is definitely evident today that technology has made living facile. Here’s a list of the top 10 ways technology has made our lives easier.
10. Tools and Machines:
There are endless numbers of tools and machines, made possible only due to the technology boom in the years gone by, that have given assuagement from the tasks now deemed menial and a wide variety of areas of their application. It is in areas as varied as infrastructural development to sewage management, to urban energy management to exchange of data that we can fully visualize the effect these machines and tools have had on increasing the convenience with which we lead our lives.
9. Communications made easier:
Gone are the days of long letters and even longer delivery times. Today, technology has made it possible to send across communiqué literally with just a finger’s touch. The most important documents and communications are digitally sent across the world and are delivered within seconds at the desired destination. No more waiting around for the mailman. And technology is the force behind it. Now this is what you call making lives easier.
8. Up-to-date world events:
It is very important to keep oneself up to the par when it comes to global happenings. There are a variety of jobs and discussions one may be involved in which demand a thorough and updated knowledge of global occurrences. Technological penetration has made this entirely achievable. First with the press, then with the TV news and now with smart-phones and internet, you can stay updated even on the go.
7. Travel and its arrangements:
There used to be a time when travelling was a tedious task and making arrangements for the same, even more so. But with application of technology, this has been brought down to a level that is easily manageable for even a ten year old (not that one is being encouraged to do so). You can search the best possible options available, align the schedule within virtually no time, get on a rapid mode of transport and zoom off around the globe. And that’s not all; the user-friendly apps on a smart-phone will even show you the way. Tell me, if that isn’t making our lives easier, what is?
6. The business angle:
Technology being at its best has advantages for scores of businesses around the world. The laptops, the laser pointers, the power-point presentations, the easy to use simulators are all big and handy tools for a business-owner. What earlier used to take almost an entire day to present and get through to the client now takes about a half-hour. And guess what, it is much more fun, too (at least as compared to the older times, otherwise I know how boring those presentations can be).
5. Staying close to people who matter:
Social networking is the buzz these days. It had never been so effortless and groovy to share with your special ones the joys of life, and, yes, sometimes the sorrows too. Share life-events, pictures, videos and what not to get everyone involved in your life. Apart from this, it also gives you an avenue to earn through social media marketing. What’s better than sharing your thoughts and making some serious money on the side? I would say nothing.
4. Education made fun:
Virtual classrooms have really started kicking-in in a big way. No more long hours of just sitting around in the classrooms for boring topics. Technology has made it possible to be a part of a virtual environment and if you desire so, work on some chores at the same, saving you both time and some effort, and needless to say saving you from some really arid lectures. Now you can multi-task whilst you get some real learning.
3. Plastic and virtual money:
Carrying around no cash in your wallet and still being able to do all the requisite transactions has been made possible by technology. Plastic money in the form of ATMs and Credit Cards give you the ability to have as much cash as you desire anywhere and anytime, given you are within walking distance of an ATM and making business transactions at any time through internet banking is a gift of the boost in technology.
2. Getting to know the cosmos:
It has been man’s quest since ages to get to know the universe better. Primitive beings knew nothing of significance about their surrounding environ and megacosm. Empowered by the technology that grew over the years, we are now able to answer a variety of questions ranging in complexity from the origin of the universe to the existence of life elsewhere in the universe. We can now talk with a degree of certainty about the various occurring of nature owing to the technological progress we have made.
1. Maintenance of energy requirement and environmental balance:
This is the most important quest of all. To maintain a degree of balance between our own requirements and those of nature has been the prime objective of any advancement we make for a long time now. And thanks to what we have achieved scientifically, we are on the verge of harmony with God’s creation. Though there is still quite a way to go, at least we now understand the requisites and obligations we have to carry out which has made our lives easier than it was during the medieval days.
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Five iL2L alum from five nations have been invited to give the youth report on the findings at the annual Women's Forum in France. This year's program's theme is competition, cooperation, and creativity. Delegates will look at open digital innovation and the role women uniquely play in this arena. The program also examines the digital effect on Europe and what the future holds. The following Gen Y report comes to you from the Women's Forum.
This blog is written by iLIVE2LEAD Ambassador Julia Beliak of Germany.
In our day and age, technology is omnipresent and an integral part of our lives. However, although the main purpose of technology is to make our life easier, the reactions and opinions on technology are very diverse. This year, various sessions at the Women's Forum covered the influence of new technologies on our daily life. It is worthwhile analyzing two contrasting perspectives in depth, to understand how broad this debate is.
On the one hand, technology and digital media can be a great help to reach out to other people and spread your message to a very large platform. The session "How to be a digital influencer" this past Thursday was analyzing exactly this question, and introduced various platforms and strategies on how to use the digital world to your advantage. "Social media removes all distances: geographic, social, hierarchical. You can reach anyone, at any time, and communicate in real time. Thus, a permanent link of communication has been created," said Julien Maldonate, a senior manager at Deloitte.
He also said that today everyone has the ability to transmit knowledge, and thus credibility of the creator of the knowledge is more important than ever before. Amina Belghiti, Partnerships Manager at Facebook, describes how technology has taken the universal communication method of story telling and transformed it, in a way that now more stories can reach more people through social media platforms than ever before. She recommends that people find their digital media voice, tell sharable stories, and drive engagement. Also, it is very important to be authentic and truly passionate about the message you are trying to convey through the digital media.
Another session, the very same day, analyzed how exactly the opposite is true and how new technologies actually cause stress and suffering, because of a concept referred to as "Infobesity." During this session, Delphine Remy-Boutang -- the founder and CEO of The Social Bureau -- and Christophe Aguiton -- researcher at the Orange Labs -- argued that due to the acceleration of our lives led by the acceleration of technology, we have changed the way we consume and generate information. People are trying to live 10 lives at once and a lot of stress and anxiety occurs from that. The two speakers even argue that we are suffering from digital bulimia, meaning that we take in a lot of information at once, without really processing it for ourselves, and in turn create a lot of new information. Thus, as Christophe Aguiton says, "We are at the same time creators and victims of information overload."
Thus, it is obvious that technological advancement has failed at its mission of making everybody's life easier, as many people are reacting negatively to it. As Dolphine Remy-Boutant put it: "It is really a paradox: On the one hand, the technology we are surrounding ourselves with is designed to give us more time for ourselves -- which is something we all want. However, today, while technology is as developed as ever before, we are living in a time with the biggest scarcity of time."
Christophe Aguiton explained this phenomenon by saying "The invention of the car allowed us to save time, when compared to walking. However, it also made us want to go further by giving us this option, so overall we spend more time getting to places. The same is true for other technologies -- we want to travel to more countries, learn more, fall in love more often. The search for content and experience has become the meaning of life for many."
So whether technology is aiding our life and making it easier, or creating new challenges and stress for us, really depends on how we react and interact with the new technologies. If -- when technology solves one of our problems -- we keep immediately coming up with new, larger problems, no technology will ever be able to satisfy our constantly new needs. However, if we allow technology to make our life easier, and focus more on the quality, rather than the quantity of life, and also learn how to use technology to our greatest advantage -- such as how to use it to influence others -- we can all greatly benefit.
iLive2Lead is a youth leadership-training program based in Washington, D.C., that conducts training in various nations in each region of the world. iL2L brings the most exceptional young leaders together for International Leadership Summits and works with them to develop social initiatives which they lead back in their home nations, thus creating global examples of social responsibility and a ripple effect of impact worldwide.