The world is constantly changing, but some technologies have more long-lasting impacts than others. In fact, some are so good at what they do that the general public doesn't even realize they're in use. If you'd like to understand the influence modern technology has had on your life, here are just five advancements from the past five years that have changed the world.
Once the stuff of science fiction, 3D printing becomes more convenient and affordable every year. It also has huge implications for not only product manufacturing but the entire global economy. You can make pretty much anything you can imagine with 3D printing, and the opportunities it has to have a positive impact on consumers and businesses is great.
While limited cloud networks have been around since the early days of computers, they didn't gain widespread acceptance until recent years. A large number of businesses now use cloud computing in the office and across the world, streamlining communication and improving systems for the good of both company and customer.
Electroencephalogram, or EEG, is a new breakthrough technology that measures electrical impulses in the brain and transforms them into motion. Companies like NeuroSky are using them for health and fitness biosensors. Others have programmed prosthetic limbs to respond to their wearer's thoughts just like real body parts.
As consumers demand more and more products on the go, software companies have caved to demand. The past five years have seen a remarkable surge in laptops, tablets, ultra-light phones, "smart watches" and other forms of portable or wearable technology. Some market experts say that things like landlines and desktop computers will be almost entirely dead by the next generation.
They aren't only being used overseas. Small mechanical drones have really taken off among farmers and other agricultural workers, using sensing and surveying techniques to help their owners map crops and calculate risks. In turn, this has allowed them to increase yields and provide more raw materials to cooks and food businesses worldwide. You may not have realized it, but drones have been feeding you for quite some time.
Technology has transformed the world in innumerable ways, but these five advancements were some of the best. Be sure to keep an eye out for other tools, gadgets and robots that will change your life as you know it.
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