How Pervasive is Digital Technology

The word ‘pervasive’ is defined by Cambridge Dictionary as “present or noticeable in every part of a thing or place.”

Just taking a look around, we can see ourselves surrounded by technology.

Digital technology is changing the workplace and our homes. It is difficult to imagine a world without technology, now that we have become so accustomed to it. Every company aspires to be up to date with the technology they use.

Technology is one thing that is pervasive, as it is all around us. It is difficult to find a company not affected by technology. Technology has seeped through and firmly gotten roots into almost every industry from agricultural to retail to military to education. Some fields (education, agriculture) want to integrate technology into their repertoire while others already rely on technology (automobile, smartphone), and are looking to upgrade their products and production lines.

It’s evident that the COMPUTER has changed from being a Common Oriented Machine Primarily Used for Technical and Educational Research into something much larger.


Technology In Action :

Drones are one piece of technology that can serve many purposes. They can be used  to water crops, as a method of surveillance, or to transport goods from one place to another.

Virtual reality (VR) is another means through which technology is changing the world. VR allows us to interact in a variety of environments. We can now simulate hypothetical scenarios and experience things and places that are difficult or expensive to access.

The realm of virtual reality is gaining momentum, and companies like Sony, Microsoft, Apple, Google, and Facebook are heavily investing in VR tech through development or acquisitions. Google Glass, though controversial, was a stepping stone towards more head-mounted technology.

With the advent of the internet, the answers to questions we seek are merely a click away. Websites such as Wikipedia store a wealth of information and sites such as Google make it easy to come upon such information.

The internet is no longer a place to just browse and gather information. It has become much more than that. There are online and mobile apps for nearly everything, including food, transportation, housing, and concert tickets.

Thanks to services such as email, Slack, WhatsApp, and Skype, meeting face-to-face with clients has been reduced, and text messaging and conference calls online are more abundant. It is now easier than ever to communicate with others and to make sure that things don’t get lost in translation.

ATMs and eBanking have simplified the banking process and the need to wait in long lines at banks for everything. Technology, mainly the internet, is making it easy to do many things from home which we were unable to do previously.


Want a product or service? Chances are, there’s an app for that!

The companies Uber, Lyft, and Ola have made it easy to book a taxicab through the use of a simple app, disentangling the cab-booking process.

Electronic commerce (e-commerce) has changed the way retailers do business, with many brick-and-mortar stores now becoming ‘click-and-mortar’, offering customers the option of buying directly from the store or online.

Companies such as Flipkart, Amazon, and Snapdeal have created websites solely for the purchase of retail products. Companies such as Foodpanda even tried to take the dining experience online, but found it difficult.


The First Law of IoT: Things that Can Be Connected, Will Be Connected ~ Eric Wenger

The Internet of Things (IoT) has connected various physical devices and created a large network.


The disquiet about Tech :

Technology was made to connect people and bring them closer. However, in some areas technology is pervasive almost to the point of intrusion. With an abundance of information stored online, including some that is very personal, security is a major issue. If an account is breached, important data could be compromised and end up in the wrong hands.

News of a hack on Yahoo where more than a half-billion accounts were compromised is seriously worrying. If even an internet giant such as Yahoo was not spared from hack attacks, then what about the small fry?

Cybercrime has become a major concern in a world growing increasingly dependent on technology. Even now, are we fully confident that no one has access to our information but us?

We need to watch what we share on social media, and also what people we share details with. If all of our information was gathered from the myriad of sites we have accounts on and put together, even a stranger could figure out who we are, where we live, and what we had ate today.


Security Issues :

Will technology cause the downfall of mankind? It is up to us.

As the years go by, the use of technology will expand. It is likely that bots and robots will be used to perform human tasks, though it is unknown if they will entirely replace humans in the workforce.  There will also be self-driving cars on the roads in the not-too-distant future.

The hope is that man will have a firm stranglehold over technology and not let it control man of us.

We cannot shun technology simply because of its risks, but we can be safe in the way we use it. For if we ourselves are slaves to the technology that we created, what is the difference between man and machine?


Author Bio:

Jayakumar Radhakrishnan is a practicing SMAC consultant. He has worked with Big Enterprises, Small businesses and Startups and helped formulate their SMAC strategy. He is also the Co-founder of OptiSol Business Solutions, a global provider of SMAC Solutions.

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