Science and technology have shaped our lives since the beginning of human civilization. This is especially true in recent years with the latest developments in technology. Things that we take for granted today were almost unimaginable a hundred years ago.
If you told someone back then that you will be able to talk to someone in another city, and even see them, or that you will be able to watch a football match taking place on the other side of the world, they would probably call you a lunatic.
In this article, we will mention a few ways in which technology and science continue changing our lives even today.
Technology Brings Us Closer Together
As already mentioned, nowadays we can talk to people from all across the world with a simple click of the computer mouse. Our ancestors only heard about distant countries from people who traveled there and often developed wrong opinions on the people living in them. These days, it is easy to make friends with people from all around the world and have first-hand knowledge about them. This leads to two things:
Many wars in the past were led against unknown enemies, and the only thing you knew about them was what propaganda told you. Our generation is the first one to have an opportunity to see for themselves what other people are like, and to realize that we aren’t so different after all.
The second thing is the knowledge sharing that occurs every day. If let’s say, scientists in China make a new discovery and share it on the web, we can learn about it the same day. With a simple internet search, we can learn anything we possibly want.
It is safe to say that you possess more knowledge than all your ancestors together because of how widely available it is these days.
Saving Human Lives
The greatest reason for the huge number of people alive today is the development of medicine. In the last 10 years, we have found cures for many fatal illnesses and increased the chances of survival for many. Development of antibiotics, vaccines and other medication has even led to wiping out certain diseases that plagued humanity for many years.
Some surgeries require precision that cannot possibly be achieved by humans, so we developed robots that perform them easily. We didn’t even stop there, and we started using technology inside of our bodies. Chances are that you know someone with a pacemaker keeping their heart function, and some hearing aids are even implanted inside the head. Cyborgs once existed only in fiction, but not anymore.
Developments in science and technology also allowed us to employ robots in our jobs, making workplaces safer. These robots take a load off workers and improve the quality of products by eliminating human error.
Raising Living Standards
Just look around you, at everything you own and things you enjoy these days — they are a result of improvements in technology. A medicine that you take when you have a headache, a carbonated drink you use to refresh yourself and a smartphone or a computer you are reading this article on are just some of the examples.
Because of technology, we now have clean drinking water, electricity and heating in our apartments, as well as access to food from all over the world. Technology, if used correctly, can only continue changing our lives for the better.
Next time you hear someone talk about unimaginable things that might happen in the future, just think of all the things that we have now which didn’t exist a few decades ago. Unimaginable will become possible.