It feels like years ago that much of the new technology we take for granted today were just up and coming trends, when now, it’s the truth. Whenever I walk down the streets, I will undoubtedly see people talking, scrolling through or paying with their smartphones. The reality now is that technology is in our everyday life.
What’s changed in the last few years?
Over the last decade a lot has changed, to say the least! You couldn’t order an Uber, you couldn’t rent a place to stay on Airbnb and you actually had to speak to someone whilst making your MacDonald’s order.
It was only 25 years ago that personal computers were finally becoming affordable for families to own, and now it’s common to see a primary school child texting from a smartphone.
The iPad came out in 2010. On its release, Steve Jobs said, “the best browsing experience you’ll ever have.” – I wonder what his stance would be now, since there has now been 5 additional generations bought out since then, let alone continuously developing technology.
Technology is truly changing day in, day out. It’s changing that way business is done (do you remember the dreaded fax machines?), how people reach their goals, and the way that people interact with businesses, and even more socially, how communication happens.
The last 5 years…
I mean, it’s hardly arguable that over the last 5 years technology has seen a huge increase in its ability. Looking back over the last 5 years, what were the biggest changes?
Augmented reality on mobile apps. It was only this morning that I learnt that on the Ikea app, you can pick your item of choice (wardrobe, mirrors, drawers etc.) and allow the app to use the camera and it’ll place it in your chosen room as a real, life sized image.
Personally, my favourite technology buzz has to be the FOREO Face Mask. Being a girl, fairly into my skin care, this got me really excited! Downloading an app and being able to control the heat of my face mask from my phone. This allows me to change what would have been a 20-minute facial, into only 90 seconds! It combines an average face mask with Hyper-Infusion Technology, and LED light therapy allowing you to have a facial, from home, in a fraction of the time.
How is technology affecting your day-to-day life?
As I’ve mentioned, technology has developed over the last decade. There have been huge changes such as RPA, AI, Machine Learning and even Big Data, but what does this mean for your day-to-day life?
Looking into my home, I’ve got an Amazon Echo which every morning I’ll ask for the daily question. Not that I often get it right, but I like learning something each morning whilst eating breakfast. I can listen to music through it or even ask a question and it’ll give me the answer I’m looking for.
We’re in the middle of applying a “smart home” from Hive where I’ll be able to turn the lights on and off, even when I’m not there. I’ll be able to control the heating, lighting, sensors, and even plugs from not only my smartphone, but my smart watch!
What about outside of the house?
Do you remember the days that you had to actually speak to someone to make your MacDonald’s order? Millennial’s might not remember these days, but you had to speak to someone up until late 2016, but now you can walk into your local MacDonald’s and order your food exactly how you’d like it and not feel embarrassed that you want an extra 10 pickles in your cheeseburger.
If you’re not near a taxi rank, that’s not a problem anymore. Download “Uber” or “Lyft” and you’ll be on your way within minutes, and you don’t even need cash. They both are connected to your bank accounts, with cars almost everywhere so you can be on your way within minutes.
I mean, you can even be away from home enjoying an evening with your closest friends and realise it’s late. Perhaps you missed the last train home, or you don’t enjoy driving late at night and your friends don’t have anywhere you can crash for the evening, AirBnB will be there for you. Showing you rooms in specific houses that you can use for the evening. Looking around the local area to the office there are rooms as cheap as £15 (or $20).
What new technology is coming in 2019?
2018 has been a big year for technology, but next year inevitably will be the same, if not larger!
It’s predicted that 5G will be coming to laptops thanks to the HP, Intel, Lenovo, and Dell partnership which is only going to increase searching speeds everywhere.
It’s also predicted that 5 major cities will begin to use self-driving trucks to collect rubbish. Volvo seem to be at the front of this “drive”; top of this list by already developing an autonomous rubbish truck. It believes the “utilitarian task” of collecting rubbish is ideally suited to areas where general traffic is restricted, such as central business districts and corporate campuses.
Amazon are forecast to launched a pet tracker, a small device that can be attached to any animal’s collars. This move is said to be part of a wider trend; there are more than 1.5bn dogs and cats worldwide, which represent a huge market of opportunities for them.
Read about the future of Purchase to Pay in the “PPN Annual Survey results 2018”