Technology has been a very major word only since the mid-twentieth century. The way technology has been dominating and ruling our lives for many years is phenomenal. We cannot even imagine a single day without technology and its gadgets. Everything that we use in our daily lives, starting from the mobile phones in our hands, microwaves in our kitchens, fridges, televisions, smartwatches, etc., are all a beautiful result of the growth in technology.
As time is passing by, technology is advancing probably exponentially every passing year. Endless gadgets and applications for our mobiles and pcs are being developed every day by skilled programmers and computer engineers to make our lives much easier and more reliable. These gadgets influence life in various forms.
The word niche technology means a product, gadget, or system designed specifically to serve a certain targeted audience or technological market. Various products are initially designed for a specific region but later find their market all over the globe. One such example is the geographic information system, which is no longer a niche technology but is a key tool for business decision making. With more advancement, there is rapid growth and development in the technological sector. This has resulted in the formation of new types of gadgets like mobile phones, laptops, etc.; let us discuss advancement and how it is achieved.
Basic about technology
Technology is a byproduct of science and engineering. Technology is the aggregate of techniques, skills, and various processes used in the production and development of goods and services or the completion of certain objectives like a scientific investigation. There have been certain great and significant advancements in technology like the printing press, the telephone, and the internet, which have changed the lives of mankind on the earth and made communication around the globe much easier than it earlier was.
Technology has helped in advertising, communication, improving knowledge, location tracing, education, and the list is endless. The Internet is the most vital form of technological development, which has changed the entire world scenario.
Since mobile phones’ invention, their popularity is exponentially increasing day by day as they are multifunctional and have become a necessity in today’s busy world. Every person, be it poor or rich, has a mobile phone.With such great popularity of mobile phones, there is a separate wing which only deals with mobile phones and their applications.
Many leading companies like Nokia, BlackBerry, Apple, Oppo, etc., are the leading mobile manufacturing companies and come up with the latest mobile phone models every month. There are millions of mobile applications in today’s world which you can download just at the tap of your fingers on your mobile phones. The only necessity is an internet connection. These applications have gathered so many tech people’s attention that a lot of engineers choose mobile app development as their mainstream career after their education because of the immense popularity it has in the people. Moreover, the global pandemic of coronavirus that recently hit the earth has led to a further increase in mobile apps’ popularity.
Some mobile applications that gained immense popularity in recent times are:
- TikTok, an app that young people use to create videos and content, got an unexpected response from the younger generation. It was the most downloaded app in July 2020.
- Facebook has been one of the most used applications of the world since the day it was introduced. It is so much popular as it gives you the option to do anything and everything like sharing your photos or videos, business, conversing with people from around the world, and much more.
- Instagram, which has gained huge popularity recently from the past five years, is also a very popular application with more than 2 billion downloads.
- YouTube is a video app, which is both informative and entertaining. Nowadays, people rely on YouTube for both studies and fun. Many people find YouTube as their full-time career and start making videos that are liked by millions around the world.
- WhatsApp, which allows its users to chat, call, and video call, is one of the world’s most downloaded apps with more than 3 billion downloads! It is a must-have app for any person who has a smartphone in his/her hand.
Many other applications have gained huge popularity, but it is impossible to mention each of them in the article.
Recent technological advancements
Technology keeps on advancing every day. Something which is so in trend today may not be useful tomorrow because of some updated technology. It keeps on updating, and the release of updates is almost every day. So, it is important to keep a check on all the technological advancements to keep oneself updated. Some of the latest ones are:
- Artificial intelligence: this makes computers intelligent to attain decision-making power somewhat as humans do. AI is used in uber, voice assistants, Siri, etc.
- Data science: As there is a huge number of MNCs globally, the amount of data they produce and need to handle every day is bulk. To handle such data, we have the technology of data science.
- Blockchain: With the introduction of cryptocurrencies, blockchain is gaining huge popularity. Blockchain is the basic foundation of all such cryptocurrencies. The blockchain system is secure, and the transactions taking place are anonymous. There is no centralized party in a blockchain, unlike the traditional paying systems.
Every area of our everyday lives, like agriculture, manufacturing, communication, advertising, entertainment, daily activities, etc., has been affected by technology in some way or the other. So, no one can stay unaware of it. One needs to be completely aware of the technological advancements in the coming times, which would be one of the top careers one can opt for. Technology is serving us for many years now and will continue to enhance and grow in the coming times too. We are thus living in a world purely influenced by technology. If one wants to use it efficiently, they need a basic skill to help them in the future.