The advances in technology keep coming in leaps and bounds and it’s hard to keep up with it all. Be it business, media, medicine, travel or communication, technology is constantly developing to introduce new devices and methods to make life easier for the average man. Among all the various technological fields in the modern world, information technology has become a primary focal point in all our lives.
Information technology is what makes our lives so much easier and overwhelmingly simple today. Unlike 20 years ago, when people had to store endless files in cabinets, wait for months for mail and rely on the nearby shops to buy everything they need, we now have virtual file storage, email and instant messaging and almost all businesses have an online presence and buying is simply a matter of having a credit card or online secure payment method.
Everything from preparing simple documents, calculating complex functions and imaging to streaming audio and video, instant communication and e-commerce, information technology has ushered in a new era for the human existence. The internet has grouped the entire world into one giant community and as it stands at present, nothing seems impossible.
No matter where you look, you will find information technology. Computer networking, application development, managing websites and databases all depend on IT.
Communication – It began with simple peer-to-peer messages via the command prompt and has evolved to become VoIP technology and video conferencing. The passage of 20 years saw a remarkable advance in instant communication, making ordinary communication such as telegrams and mail near obsolete. The internet has become the primary instant communication method, with email and instant messaging applications used by both businesses and individuals. The ability to integrate internet capabilities in mobile phones have also contributed heavily to this advancement.
E-Commerce – Who hasn’t heard of ebay, amazon, paypal and clickbank? Promoting, buying and selling online are no longer seen as something phenomenal. It’s quite the ordinary way to find anything, anytime and get it delivered right to your doorstep. Through web-based order forms and secure payment gateways, online stores give enough leverage for you to become an avid shopper without ever leaving home.
Devices: All devices, no matter what, will soon get internet connectivity. Phones already have it. Whether they use an integrated GPRS or need broadband connections, everything gives you the net in moments. Isn’t it reasonable to expect that soon enough, your oven and stove will tell you what to cook, and the fridge will tell you to stick to your diet when you open it? Companies like Samsung and LG are doing extensive research in such areas.
So, as technology develops and incidentally helps the internet grow, the achievements awaiting the human race throughout time are limitless.