February 19, 2019 Tania Farah

Innovative Technologies that have changed your everyday life

Technology is changing our everyday lives. How? It has created a great dependence on it. People need their smartphones to do almost everything, which is why they always carry it with them.

Think about the first thing you do when you get to a friend’s house or a restaurant you have never been to before. What do you ask for? I can speak from experience that I, and most of my friends, ask for the wifi password. Being connected has become so “vital” to our existence that we want to remain in touch with the world at all times. Not a long time ago, people had to wait days to get current news, but now, we have access to information at our fingertips.

Take Google Maps for example. A few years ago, people used maps to navigate cities. These allowed people to get lost, since they were sometimes very complicated. Now, interactive maps on smartphones facilitate transportation, tracking the exact route people have to take in order to get to their destination. They even predict the arrival time of the person! I for one always use Google Maps when leaving my house, even if I already know how to get to my destination. I now cannot imagine a life without Google Maps or Waze.

Need a ride somewhere? Not even 20 years ago, people had to spot and call a taxi in order to get from one place to another. Since 2009, Uber has impacted transportation to an extent that has even prompted protests in various places around the globe. It has created new job opportunities, which have replaced others, and it has entirely revolutionized car and taxi services, making it easier to gain access to safe and easy transportation.