Imagine the kind of crisis we would be in today; if there were no power, telecommunications, transport, and other basic infrastructure. With the large population in the world today, it would have been chaotic in a sense that manual labor would be the only alternative available thereby bringing about exhaustion, time wastage and less productivity. Technology has taken the lead in solving life mysteries that would have remained a burden to us. Use of modern machines in every sector of our lives has changed the game. But before we go further let us consider the term “technology’’
Technology refers to the innovation of making work simpler or easier by using machines, sources of power, tools, and techniques for more productivity. As far as science is involved technology is more about a vision for the future by making things happen. There is a close interrelationship between technology and development. Dating back to the prehistoric period, it comes out clearly that these early human race saw the need to simplify their work by improvising their tools of work. Development and use of essential tools is the purest form of technology, and our predecessors discovered how to lessen workload. Here are some sectors, which have been influenced positively by technology,
Remarkable progress in the telecommunications sector has been made, as technology continues to impact on the way business is conducted throughout telecommunication sector. Device and material technology including optical fibers and integrated circuits has made possible the merging of communication and computation functions. Satellites and optical fibers contribute significantly to the digitization of telecommunications services. Social networking is also possible through social networking platforms such as Facebook, which has enabled interaction with people from around the globe. There has been a lot of spending worldwide on research, development, and production of state of the art devices. This has pushed the prices of these devices to go down thereby making them accessible to many firms. Barriers to communication have been lessened with the use of the internet, telephone, mobile phones, media, and the printing press.
The modern tarmac roads, highways, railway lines, streetlights, ports, and airports are some of the benefits of advancement in technology. Development in infrastructure will translate into economic growth, which will, contribute positively in attaining the vision for the future. In many government agendas development of infrastructure is one of the standard policies. Its implementation will take place if the respective government embraces advancements in technology, which will yield improved support. It comes out clear that improved infrastructure comes along with economic progress, and this can only be achieved if the developing countries and third world countries put much input in technological advancements for support. The developed countries are putting much effort in research, invention, and development of current and new software to transform their current technologies. The emergency of heavy and automated machineries has made it possible to make inaccessible areas accessible. This has encouraged more productivity especially in the ways and means of conducting business. Farm produce has been reaching the market faster.
Though the emergency of modern technology has dealt a big blow to human labor in the industrial sector, the benefits are eminent. A lot has been achieved within a very short time. On the other hand, job opportunities have arisen in the area of software production. For a smooth shift of the labor force from decaying to emerging regions, extensive training, and education is a requirement. People from developed countries, where wages are high may not be motivated to adopt structural changes in the industry. Whereas people from developing countries, where wages are low, and job opportunities for the elite are insufficient may have the upper hand in adopting the change. Technology has brought about quality and efficiency in the industrial sector. It has also reduced the risk involved in manufacturing enterprises.
In the health sector, a lot of progress has been owing to technological improvement in the field of health. The birth rate has increased due to incubators to increase the chances of more live births and caesarian section to save babies in problematic pregnancies. The average age per person has also increased in developed countries owing to better medical care and facilities. Surgeries that could not have been possible if not for development nowadays are performed with ease and more like a routine due to advancements in the health sector. Improvements in the health sector through technological advancements have helped reduce the mortality rate.
In the modern world, the population is increasing rapidly thus necessitating the increase in food production. This translates into more effort being put into growing, harvesting, and distributing food, to make it affordable and available to everybody. Manual labor will take the back seat as the use of new farming technology takes shape. Different farming, irrigation, weather forecasts and fighting of pests have undergone technological transformation hence guaranteeing high productivity. Technology has brought relieve to the farmer, consumer and the work force by ensuring that they work smart. As economies, continue to develop, the labor force in the agricultural sector declines. Technological advancements are signs that we can make our food supply chain more efficient. Having the conscious of how consumer choices and policy affect the environment; laborers produce the food we buy and consume. Besides, technology, tools, and innovation help to make the food supply chain sufficient and to make smart, sustainable decisions. There are farm management software, precision agriculture tools, and affordable sensors to help the intelligent digital farmer.
There will be no meaningful development without technological transformation. World developed economies are forever indebted to technology for the giant leap taken regarding their progress in all sectors. Technology has a long history and plays a crucial role in influencing the lives of humans. Besides, many scientific accomplishments are now possible because of advancements in technology. , political developments and other spheres of social welfare are a result of improvements in technology. Most countries in the world have visions for the future and technology is crucial in making their dream a reality. We are on a commercial vehicle heading to the future, and the bus fare is knowledge and skills in technology. There is no future without technology.