Have you ever wondered why technology is so important in today's times? Literally, at every instance of time, you are surrounded by technology. Whether you are working or resting, you are always using technology. It is used everywhere and all the time. Its use has made life easier.
Places far away have come closer, thanks to technology. The pace of life has increased. Communication is rapid, travel is fast, movement is easy, action is quick, interaction has sped up and so has life. Things that once took hours to complete, can be done in seconds today. The world is smaller and life is fast. Courtesy - technology.
Why is Technology Important?
Owing to the applications of technology, our standard of living has gone up. Our needs are met with greater ease. Technology has brought advancements in agriculture, due to which food produce has increased. Owing to the developments in engineering and architecture, building robust civil structures has been possible. Technology has boosted every industry. Businesses have grown, creating more employment opportunities. Advancements in technology have led to the evolution of newer and faster modes of transport and communication. The application of technology has boosted research in fields ranging from genetics to extraterrestrial space. The computer and Internet technologies are ubiquitous. They have changed every sector; be it medicine, tourism, education, entertainment or any other. Technology has touched every aspect of life, making it easier, better and different. Technology has changed living.
If not for the use of technology, we wouldn't have been able to produce electric power or harness it. Today, it can be generated through various means because of technology. Heat energy (from combustion in fossil-fuel power plants, from steam in thermal power plants and from chemical reactions in nuclear power plants) is converted into mechanical energy that drives turbines connected to an electrical generator that produces electricity. Using overhead and underground cables, the electricity can then be distributed to the smallest of households in the farthest of world's corners, thanks to technology. What made it possible to use the various energy sources to generate electricity? Application of technology. How could electricity be channeled to places far away? With the use of technology, again.
How would our basic needs be met so easily if not for technology? Man could meet his needs even before the birth of technology. But it was so difficult then and so rudimentary. Look at today's food - fresh, preserved or processed, food of any type is available at your doorstep just anytime. Clothing? Gosh, there's so much variety and much more comfort with different clothes for different occasions and seasons. Where does technology come into picture? Everywhere. From food to fashion, technology has a role to play. How else would so much of all this be produced? Look at today's shelters - shelters? Tall buildings, big bungalows, luxurious apartments - how would they be built if not for technology!
How does water reach homes? With the help of robust water storage and transmission systems. How do homes get the warmth and cold as and when they need? Due to heating and air conditioning systems. How can food be preserved without getting spoiled? Because of refrigeration. How can civil structures be built under water? How can skyscrapers stand so tall? It's owing to advancements in civil engineering and architecture. Earthquake-resistant and fireproof structures we see today are also a gift of developments in technology. In short, we owe our luxurious lives to technology.
Businesses, small and big, need technology to thrive. They are growing and expanding across countries owing to technological advancements. It is technology that gives organizations the strength to spread their wings. If not for technology, how would complex industrial processes be carried out? If not for machines, how would large-scale production of goods be possible? If not for computers, how would the software industry have grown? Growing businesses create employment opportunities for people and technology plays a big role in business growth. That's how important technology is.
Technology has changed the way people communicate. Communication systems have evolved from pigeons carrying messages to emails and instant messages that travel long distances in seconds. Cellular technology and satellite communication have increased communication speeds and made 'connecting' easier. The Internet has enabled easy exchange of information over long distances. Even now, you could be accessing this page from a web server in some far-off country. Just a few clicks of your computer mouse can take you anywhere on the Internet. You enter an all new world without even realizing it!
Satellite and radio communication have changed the entertainment industry. Channels from all over the world are now available on your TV set, thanks to technology. Television shows and films can reach the masses within minutes after their release. Radio communication has made it possible to broadcast programs to the remotest of locations.
The role of computers and Internet in education cannot be ignored. The use of computers in teaching has made learning more interesting. Computers enable better storage and presentation of information, thus making the process of teaching easier and more effective. Educational CDs are available everywhere. Lectures/lessons can be uploaded on websites, as PDFs or even as videos. This has made information more easily accessible and provided for better ways of knowledge sharing. Online degrees and training courses have led to spread of education. Today, people can continue learning even while managing their jobs, because online education gives them the flexibility to do so. And all the information in the world is so widely available, thanks to the world wide web.
Technology is as important in the healthcare industry as in any other. Right from easy communication between healthcare professionals and patients to computer-assisted medical procedures, it's technology everywhere. In the working of patient-monitoring equipment and surgical instruments, there's technology. In various diagnostic procedures from scans to complex therapies, technology has a vital role to play. Many medical procedures are mechanized. Even surgeries are simulated on and assisted by machines.
Technological development has never stopped. Nanotechnology has gone on to understand things at their nano level. Space exploration has gone on to explore extraterrestrial life. Genetic research has revealed how various traits or even hereditary diseases are transferred across generations. Processes like cloning and genetic engineering are attempting to alter traits in individuals. Artificial intelligence can make machines learn, thus developing intelligence in them. Fourth generation technologies in mobile communication have achieved amazing speeds in voice and video communication on cellular networks. Things we would never have imagined have come into reality due to application of technology.
At the heart of every piece of technology is automation. Technology automates the most complex of processes, be it in communication, education, medicine or any other industry. With the application of technology, critical and time-consuming processes can be executed with ease and in less time. Laborious and repetitive tasks are best done by machines (without getting bored!). People do not have to slog as much as they would have had to, if not for technology. With automation come efficiency and speed. They save human effort and time to a great extent and make life easy and comfortable. Nothing else has changed living the way technology has. And that's exactly why technology is so important today and will always be.