What’s next in the world of new technology?
We have seen great leaps in digital technology in recent years from the first computers to the latest smartwatch.
In fact, the last 2 years have been dominated by tablets and smartphones to the extent that touch screens are now all around us,
offering access to an incredible array of apps at our fingertips, from business applications to stargazing charts, ebooks to tuners
for your guitar.
Gadgets from hitech films can now be found on the high street
Does anyone remember catching a glimpse of these new technologies in James Bond films or Spooks on TV, only to find that they are now everywhere on the high street? Amazing how ideas become reality isn’t it? Smart TVs and touchscreen laptops are now more commonplace and the great thing about this technology is that if you can get to grips with using one device, such as a smartphone or iPad, you will soon find that if you have a go, you can find your way around any of these devices, as they all work in a similar way. Also the vast majority of apps are useable on all of them. Likewise, there are many similarities in the functions of the computer programs we use, whether it be Microsoft Word or Adobe Photoshop, they all work by use of menus, toolboxes and palettes.
Compare a few for yourself and you will see what I mean. Photoshop provides a good example of one of the most powerful
out there with its array of functions full of special effects, every colour of the rainbow, typefaces, pens and brushes.
The possibilities are endless.
Access to information has never been easier
Ever since the launch of the worldwide web, created by a British software engineer, Tim Berners-Lee back in the late 1980s and officially launched in 1991, access to information has also never been easier. Factual information, research, advice, experience, it’s all there. Perhaps one of the greatest opportunities this phenomenon has provided is as a channel for business. These days a one person business, working from home, can be considered international. And, although it’s not always possible to predict the future, we can look back at the impact new technology has had on our lives.
We are all becoming more computer literate and technology is well and truly part of our lives.
So what happens next?
Well for those Apple fans out there, rumour has it that the next-generation iPad is on its way as the iPad Air 2 or iPad 6, along with an Apple TV. For the even more cutting-edge amongst you, robots that enable paralysed people to walk are already a reality, personal 3D printers may be on the way, space tourism possibilities and portable laser pens that can heal wounds.
Core skills still count
Whatever you want to achieve in life, good functional skills in English, Maths and Information and Communications Technology (ICT) remain core requirements. Developing these skills for both work and everyday life has never been more important in today’s competitive world.
Despite all the advances in technology, the human brain remains the most powerful technology of all, and if you allow your own creative ideas to develop you can gain the most from all these skills. For example, the best designers still sketch out their ideas on paper first and then go to the computer to work them up. Your ideas provide the solution, technology is a means to allow those ideas come to life.
Free your mind and use technology to fulfil your ideas, not the other way round.