Technology is transforming society in different ways, both good and bad, and its increasing pervasiveness has become a reality no one can ignore. As tech advances, it is having a profound impact on future generations, who are coming into a world that is increasingly digital and connected.
As a result, we are becoming becoming a lot more connected with others, but at the same time we are becoming further removed from those around us. No doubt tech is making our lives easier, but at the same time it is challenging our present day reality, changing how we work, travel, entertain ourselves and even interact.
Computers, for example, are becoming increasingly integrated into every aspect of daily living from school to work, to banking and shopping, to paying taxes and even voting. They provide access to a wide range of information without the need for a trip to the library. They convey personal messages in place of the post office or telephone. They are also competing with newspapers, radio, and television in providing entertainment and news of the day.
For children to participate and engage socially, economically, and politically in this new world, they must acquire a certain level of comfort and competence in using computers. Educational experts have argued that giving kids access to computers will enable them to acquire skills necessary in the modern world, while improving their educational experience.
Despite concerns about exposure to inappropriate content, the internet is helping children do their homework, and allows them to discover fascinating, useful things that would otherwise be out of reach if they did not have access.
Technology is enhancing the crucial relationship between educators and learners, helping teachers to use their time and talents more effectively to personalize learning for students tailoring the pace, approach, and context of the learning experience to students’ individual needs and interests.
That said, teachers and students are not reduced to passive consumers of digital media. They can and should be the creators of information, best practices, and educational resources that can be shared with others across the world. Educators must be involved in the creation of these resources, at every step. It’s vitally important for the people who develop educational technologies to work side by side with stakeholders in the education sector - teachers, students, and families - to help them unleash their own creativity and solve issues that matter most to them.
With technology such a prominent feature of our world today, it’s not surprising that the younger generations are far more tech savvy than ever before, and as it continues to progress, society will only get more wrapped up with the most cutting edge gadget releases. With the changing technological times and the significant rise in portable devices, people are turning to the cloud as the new and easy way to share their ever growing digital library of documents and files while on the move.
The Internet of Things, probably the most pervasive trend, where just about everything we interact with can become a computable entity. Our homes, our cars and even objects on the street can interact with our smartphones and with each other, seamlessly.
This future will be driven by two complementary technologies - Near Field Communication, which allows for two-way data communication with nearby devices, and ultra-low power chips that can harvest energy from their surroundings, which will put computable entities just about everywhere you can think of.
When computers first appeared, they took up whole rooms and required specialized training to operate them. Then they arrived in our homes and were simple enough for teenagers to become proficient in their use within a few days.
Now, computers are growing ever more powerful even as they decrease in size, and they are now being embedded invisibly into the Internet of Things, into contactless interfaces, and into our daily lives. While we have long left behind loading disks into slots to get our computers to work and become used to software as a service; hardware as a service is right around the corner.
That’s why technology companies are becoming increasingly consumer driven, investing in things like native content to get us on board their platform, from which we will sign onto massively online services to entertain and educate ourselves.
Today, we’re on the brink of a new digital paradigm, where the capabilities of our technology are beginning to outstrip our own. Computers are deciding which products to stock on shelves, performing legal discovery and even winning game shows. They will soon be driving our cars and making medical diagnoses. Soon you will be reading an article written by a machine, and you won't be able to tell the difference between that and something written by a human. Good thing we're not there yet...
While the Internet of Things is gaining ground, it’s difficult to see where it will lead us. Some applications, such as mobile payments and Open Data and Open Internet initiatives, will become more widespread in the next couple of years. Marketing too will see a transformation, as consumers will be able to seamless access digital products from advertisements in the physical world. Still, as computers creep ever closer into our lives, we find ourselves seated on our desks interacting with them as we work, play and entertain ourselves, and this has become entirely normal. At this point, there’s really no telling what the impact will be, but we look forward to it.