History has never witnessed a century that is set to explode in a flurry of development to the same extent as the 21st century. Everyday life is already almost unrecognizable from what it was like a hundred years ago, so imagining where the next hundred will take us is nearly impossible.
Here are a few ways that technology has transformed the way we live life and what we can expect to see moving forward as the tech revolution switches into high gear.
AI stands for artificial intelligence. It is simultaneously awe-inspiring and frightening because AI has the potential to reshape our lives dramatically. In fact, most experts agree that AI’s inevitable rise will forever alter our lives in ways that we are not yet capable of imagining.
Consider employment. AI will automate nearly every human activity, replacing some faster than others. One of the “easiest” tasks to do because of its repetitive nature and relatively predictable flow is driving. According to Trucker’s Training, AI is set to revolutionize truck driving, the biggest industry in the US in terms of employment, in just a few short years. This is just one example of the huge ramifications of AI.
For home life, AI holds the promise of a more carefree, relaxed environment. You can expect commercial applications of AI to include automatic chore completion, eliminating the need to scrub or sweep to keep your house clean. Security monitoring will become more complex and accurate, helping to protect you and your family’s safety more effectively.
“Smart home tech” is the broad term for technology that makes life easier or more secure in the home. A modern home tech system amounts to having a full-time maid and nanny in computer form. Examples of common tasks by smart homes include climate control, closing and shutting windows, automatic home appliances, and even feeding pets on regular schedules automatically. For example, according to Pulse Labs, the furniture giant IKEA has begun focusing on smart home tech in their products.
Telehealth is the delivery of healthcare using communication technology to bridge gaps. Patients can now consult with doctors and nurses remotely using a Skype or similar application, as just one example. Experts at HealthAffairs believe telehealth will change healthcare by making it both more accessible and more affordable, especially amidst the current COVID-19 crisis.
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