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  • Technologies That Will Change How We Work and Live

    on 14 March 2017

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    During no other epoch did technology advance at as quick a pace as it does in today’s world. The lives we live today will only leave behind just the merest of traces of the technology that we will be using fifty years from now. Even a tour of leading tech companies will demonstrate that there is a vast disparity between how major IT companies and SMEs function.

    The newest line of technology will prove to not only affect our workaday lives, but will carry over into our personal lives. Here are a few technologies that will soon greatly affect the way we live.

    Smart Appliances

    Appliances – like our phones and computers- have rapidly advanced in recent years. Though many appliances are still unable to connect with other smart devices to complete their tasks. Imagine having an entire kitchen equipped with smart technology. To have an entire room of technology synced up and interconnected might slowly phase out the need to cook for oneself. Chefs, grocery shopping, and delivery might soon all be run by computers. Self-operating appliances in the workplace will cut down on the time spent to make coffee, carry out the trash, and buy new groceries. Who knowns, soon online collaboration technology will extend to smart appliances as well as humans within the workplace.

    WIFI

    Sure WIFI already rules the land far and wide, but there are still plenty of improvements that can be made to the god of communication. South Korea is the best illustration of what future WIFI may look like. Internet connection in South Korea averages 24.6Mbps while the United States averages 11.4Mbps. In the coming years we should expect many countries to not only get faster internet connection but to possibility have it in every far-reaching outpost of the country.

    While South Korea has nailed down how to offer uber-fast and public WIFI it still doesn’t know how to create passive WIFI. A major issue with WIFI is that it drains the power of our beloved devices. Recently a batch of students in the US created ‘‘passive WIFI.’’ This new technology is meant to consume up to 10,000 times less power than standard WIFI. Right now this tech is primarily used on smart appliances that don’t need super-quick broadband.

    Though speaking of hyper-fast broadband, WIFI could in fact give way to Li-Fi as soon as this century. Li-Fi uses light to transmit information instead of radio waves such as WIFI does. By doing this information can be passed along at a rate 100 times faster than today’s averages. Such speeds will completely change the pace that the business world currently operates in.

    Renewable Energy

    Global warming is unequivocally one of the major issues that our world will be facing for centuries to come. More and more people are being welcomed into this world, yet many of the innovations put into place to facilitate such population growth will contribute to the challenges faced by future generations. Fusion reactors, geothermal technology, and other sources of renewable energy are now being thrust into the limelight for the power and sustainability that they offer the masses. However, it’s possible that this technology doesn’t become viable for businesses before governments would like it to be. Expect governments to put forth strict policies in the near future in order to curb the carbon footprint of their countries’ businesses. We are uncertain as to what effect this may have on the trajectory of growth of businesses around the world.

    Artificial Intelligence

    Whenever future technology is broached at a dinner party the first topic people tend to lean towards is AI. A few decades ago, AI’s only place in the real world was within the confines of a science-fiction novelette. But today we see Siri, FB, and Spotify all using algorithms to create very basic AI prototypes, though such capabilities only signal the very beginning of AI technology. The tech research firm, Tractica, predicts that the AI market will grow by more than 3,000% in the next nine years. Technology that mimics the brain by responding to external stimuli is quickly becoming a hotly sought after enterprise.

    Whatever technology may present itself in the decades to come, we must remain do our best to be receptive to it and adapt to the new and exciting possibilities that come with it.

     

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    Posted by Spencer J. Abel