Published On: Wed, Mar 29th, 2017

How Technology Is Impacting Our Everyday Lives

In our modern world of rapidly advancing technological innovation, it’s easier to meet someone on Facebook today who lives on another continent and chat with them on Skype tomorrow, then it is to make friends with a stranger at a local coffee shop. It’s also possible to be more efficient in almost every project you take on with the abundance of productivity apps available on your smartphone and tablets. And it’s absolutely astonishing how much you can learn in one afternoon about any subject you’re interested in on YouTube.

Let’s take a quick look at how technology has changed our lives beyond anything we thought possible.


Human beings have loved entertainment since the beginning of recorded history. Today, however, entertainment has been vastly amplified to be far more enjoyable through technology. No doubt, someone watching a Shakespearean play in the Globe Theater in London in 1602 would have been enraptured by the dialogue, but that level of entertainment can’t be compared to the nail-biting experience of watching Superman duke it out with Batman when it comes to unmitigated drama, fast-paced action and unexpected plot twists. In fact, today, it’s hard to imagine entertainment without accompanying technology to make it far more engaging.

Let’s take a look at 3 common examples.

  1. TV. You might argue isn’t new. Well, even the classic shows of 20th century TV isn’t even close to the 21st Century TV we enjoy today. A direct broadcast satellite service like DIRECTV comes with a huge selection, can be watched on your iPhone or iPad, comes with a DVR scheduler that can record five of your favorite shows to watch at a later time, and now delivers dedicated 3D channels.
  2. Video games. Video games make more money than any other entertainment gadget because they are enjoyed by a wider audience. While hardcore gamers might need a Dell Alienware Aurora R5 Desktop Computer (which sells for $1,679.99) to enjoy themselves to the max, others are thrilled with Candy Crush on their mobile phone. Whether you’re dealing with fighting back a space invasion or trying to chase frightened pigs with angry birds, video games can quickly hook your attention and keep you entertained for hours.
  3. Movies.Again, movies, like TV, are not new, but special effects have transformed movies into something quite different than anything enjoyed since the days when Clint Eastwood squinted menacingly down a gun barrel in Spaghetti Westerns. Today’s moviegoers expect special effects ranging from green-screen technologies to fully articulate artificial intelligence systems. Magic and Industrial Light are names considered just as noteworthy in a film’s credits as the names of the producers, directors, and actors. Hollywood effects require advanced software techniques to make unbelievable creatures or sci-fi scenes look utterly real. Whether it’s character animation or lip synching, Hollywood knows how to deliver a convincing performance.
  4. Drones. Drones are now being used for personal enjoyment and for capturing high-altitude photography.

WMCH drone photo by Clément Bucco-Lechat via wikimedia commons

Computer Technology

Whether you’re thinking of buying a PC, a laptop, a tablet or a smartphone, you realize that whatever you’re getting only has a short shelf life. This is not because it will stop working, but because the latest, fastest model you’re buying today will be made obsolete with the next few generations. In fact, it’s difficult to keep up. Today, for example, the Dell XPS 27 is an all-in-one computer that will stun you with its appearance and performance (Installed memory: 32 GB RAM; Drive capacity: 2 TB Storage), but in two years time, it will be just another interesting innovation.

It’s the same story with mobile devices. According to WIRED, “The smartphones of 2011 and 2012 weren’t quite powerful enough to fulfill all of our computing demands. But thanks to increased processing power, better battery life, vastly improved networking speeds, and larger screen sizes on mobile devices, the shift away from the desktop is accelerating.”


Self-driving cars, also called autonomous cars, driverless cars, or robotic cars, are getting increasingly better at sensing their environments. While automated cars allowed on public roads still need a driver at the wheel to occasionally correct them when they get overwhelmed, major manufacturers believe that by 2020, they will be fully automated.

Technology has become such an integral part of our regular lives that we seldom marvel at how it’s almost completely changed the way we live. We now take for granted things that we would have considered “futuristic” at the turn of the century, which was only a short 17 years ago.

Author: Jimmy Simond

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