To get us into the ‘T’ area of the STEM acronym, I thought I would talk about some technology which blows my mind.
I started thinking of this over recent weeks, because I realised how much we take certain technologies for granted when I moved house with a terrible Wi-Fi connection. It’s been the bane of my existence ever since I moved into this place, it has all the mod-cons and has all bills included, but it has one of the worst internet connections I’ve experienced since my teens. It’s highlighted how much I depend on the internet in my daily life, and how frustrating it can be when it doesn’t work. In essence, I take this glorious technology for granted.
I’ve been dealing with this irksome Wi-Fi for a while, but it has at least given me time to ponder – What else do we take for granted in this technological age?
One thing that comes to my mind is cashless and contactless payment facilities. In my day job recently, our credit card facilities broke down and we were forced to use the old click clack machines that many people won’t have seen since circa 1997. The process takes minutes longer than using contactless payments, even when contactless payments are down our customers complain that they can’t remember their PIN’s. It’s become increasingly common that people find it an inconvenience when things like PayPass or PayWave aren’t available but don’t give it a second’s thought when it is.
I’ve also recently found myself in awe of the evolution of digital storage devices. Take a look at this infographic, we can see just how far we’ve come from enormous hard drives that store 350MB to miniscule solid state drives that can store as much as 64GB. We even have cloud storage, which I personally use all the time. You can access your files from anywhere with an internet connection (if only my internet wasn’t so temperamental)!
My point is, there are vast technologies which we don’t think about day to day until they fail. What are some things you can think of which we take for granted?