Technological advancements are in the fast lane. While it raises some concerns about pollution, tech dependence, and its other negative impacts, we also need to consider all the good technological advancements have done.
Focusing on those positives, tech experts have shared some impacts of technology on society.
“While any technology must be examined for environmental impact and unforeseen consequences, we must recognize how much it can improve our lives, and the health of our planet.” says Shel Horowitz, “A few among many examples:
- Clean Energy
“Vast improvements in clean energy are creating a small-scale solar/wind/magnetic/hydro powered world. These technologies are often cost-competitive and very innovative. We’ve seen inventions like a frisbee-sized hydroelectric generator that doesn’t require a dam (it harnesses the moving water current), wind turbines the size of oil drums that spin on a vertical axis and can capture lower- and higher-speed breezes than the monster turbines of wind farms, and roadways that capture energy from the sun.
“I have a client who invented cell-phone-sized solar lamps that fit in a pocket, and another who created a social network for people who live in green apartment buildings.” (Shel Horowitz)
- Technology in Farming
“Organic farming has taken a huge leap through technology, with higher yields AND more appealing (better looking and better tasting) produce–while also rebuilding abused soil, etc. And smartphones have given rural farmers in developing countries a lot more control over their market. They no longer have to take-it-or-leave-it when a buyer gives a low price, and they can network with each other to share best practices.” (Shel Horowitz)
- Technology in Construction
“Construction has been revolutionized by new techniques, new materials, and new ways of thinking (from Biomimicry to PassivHaus to Zero Waste) to consume far fewer resources and to create buildings that cleanly generate more energy than they use while eliminating or greatly reducing waste.
“Research of all kinds has been democratized. At least two of my early books thanked my local reference librarians, by name, in the acknowledgments. Now I can do my own research, in seconds, from anywhere.”
Shel Horowitz, The Transformpreneur(sm) -Green/Transformative Biz Profitability Expert Going Beyond Sustainability
- Preventing Identity Theft
“One positive impact of technology on society is preventing identity theft. According to our original research, nearly a third of U.S. adults have had their identities stolen at some point in their lives. Identity theft can lead to financial losses and ruined credit, which can lead to difficulty getting housing, education, or car loans, or even jobs, in some cases.
“Identity theft protection software scans multiple criminal and financial areas for people’s personally identifiable information or PII. PII includes full names, mailing addresses, phone numbers, Social Security numbers, and more. By scanning areas like credit reports from all three major credit-reporting bureaus, USPS address change requests, criminal records, bank accounts, investment accounts, 401(k)s, sex offender registries, and more, this software can let you know as soon as someone is using your PII.
“Aside from detection, most identity theft protection services include some form of identity theft insurance, which usually has a $1 million reimbursement maximum. In addition, most services include identity restoration services, which help people gain control of their credit reports and PII.”
Aliza Vigderman, Senior Editor and Industry Analyst at the digital security website Security.org
- Transforming Banking and Finance
“We are in the middle of a technological transition more profound than any since the rise of the internet. Blockchain technology is already beginning to completely transform the way the world thinks of finance. As more central banks around the globe begin to develop and test their own CBDCs (central bank digital currencies), most citizens and nearly all businesses will begin to feel the transformation more profoundly.
“The cost of banking and finance will begin to fall, cross-border transfers will streamline, and the massive unbanked populations will, some for the first time, be enabled to participate fully in a banked economy- among other positive changes to be soon realized.”
Richard Gardner, CEO Modulus. Subject Matter Expert, offering complex insight and analysis on financial, surveillance, cybersecurity, AI, and blockchain technologies.
- Technology Positively Impacts Society By Augmenting Learning And Development
“Technology has made the learning experience more collaborative, more interactive, and a whole lot faster. Many years ago, society couldn’t dream of a reality in which a device in our pocket could always provide an answer to a question we’ve been asking. Today, this is what technology has afforded us with.
“The Internet gives us round-the-clock access to a lifetime of information at our fingertips, which is a virtue that many of us take for granted. Informative resources exist for the sole purpose of our learning, such as social media, YouTube, and platforms like Wikipedia. This creates an entirely new method of retaining new information – rather than sitting through laborious lectures or reading lengthy documents; people can watch interactive videos, ignite exciting discussions online, or learn from their favorite influencers on social media.
“Communication with others is instant and possible from wherever you are. Technology has made all of this possible, and we have these advancements to thank for the growth of society and innovation spanning several industries.”
Paul Sherman, Chief Marketing Officer at Olive
- Tech In Medicine
“One of the many positive impacts that I see is technology has driven many medical improvements due to which it is now possible to find a cure for some of the rarest diseases. In fact, studies show that the average life expectancy has increased by 50 years since the 1700s (before the advancements in technology).
“The rise of technology has also enabled us to communicate with people from around the globe and build meaningful relationships. One, while sitting in her cozy house in the USA can talk to someone living in South Korea. We have come a long way from being cave-dwellers to becoming civilized citizens.”
Kaitlyn Rayment, CEO of WePC