Our world is moving and changing at an ultra-super-fast pace these days and one thing driving this change is technology. Technologies are changing the world we live in today faster than we can imagine. Long gone are the days where most things were deemed impossible, now, we see anything is possible as a result of the giant strides technology has reached.
These technological advancements are sometimes incredible and surreal in the sense that things normally thought incapable of being done by machines have been achieved right before our very eyes. For example, cooking or making of pastries. Now, as a result of technological advancements, these machines have been successfully programmed to mimic the movements of the best chefs and caterers in the world to produce exactly what is needed with series of sophisticated programming.
Moreso, these technological advancements cut across a whole lot of sectors that the human race is accustomed to including, Automobiles, Space travels, Gaming, Softwares, Hardware, Communication, Movies, Fashion, Construction, Robotics just to name a few.
In advanced countries, experts are in a race to introduce the latest developments in cutting-edge technology for different reasons including economical advantage, human development, and bragging rights. The downside of this cutting-edge technology is that is has the potential to do some major damage than good such as making people lazy and unable to do things without the aid of a machine, reduce human interaction with one another and worse off, take human jobs which in turn, increases the rate of unemployment in different countries who are unable to adapt with such change.
No doubt, technology has its advantages and disadvantages nevertheless, its advancement can’t be stopped and it will only become more advanced in the coming years; the major thing would be for the human race to learn how to adapt adequately to everything that comes with it.
On that note, here are five technologies that are changing the world as we know it in 2016:
One technology that is finding application in diverse fields on a daily basis outside of its original intent is drone technology. Now drones are being used in agriculture, sports, movies and entertainment, arts and archaeology, and of course the military.
Drones are gradually becoming commonplace and will soon become a regular part of our everyday lives.
The self-driving technology though it has been around since the early 1920’s, is one technology that will change and is changing the world. Today, driver-less cars are no longer news but fact remains that they are likely to become fully commercially available globally by 2020.
With hopes of road infrastructure in Nigeria becoming world class, it is likely that we may begin to find them on our Nigerian roads pretty soon.
Next to the Driverless Car technology is that of the electric cars. With the incessant scarcity of petroleum products and the resultant high prices, Electric cars are likely to be embraced by the majority of car owners in Nigeria.
Though still largely unpopular at the moment, electric cars are set to become mainstream in Nigeria in the next 5 years.
There has been an explosion of mobile applications over the past few years with several tech founders, including Nigerians becoming billionaires as a result. Apps today define what we do, use or do not use on our smartphones, tablets and PCs.
Notable Apps and Application companies that are changing the world right now include Facebook, Coursera, Khan Academy, Twitter, YouTube, Spotify, Instagram, Snapchat, and so many more to come.
Humanoids (Human-like robots):
Whoever thought that our popular virtual reality movies and robots will someday become like us, and even threaten our jobs! If you’ve seen movies like Ex Machina, I Robot, The Matrix, The Terminator and RoboCop, you’ll be amazed that most of the technologies, concepts, designs and robots that were featured are today’s reality. Humanoids are already being used today to teach in countries like China, in Banking, as well as to deliver courier services.
In the end, it is a fact that these technologies are changing virtually every sector imaginable at a rapid pace. You better check if a humanoid is coming after your job pretty soon.