More and more technological innovations are being developed to make our lives easier. From simple house chores like cooking and cleaning to more complex industrial work like construction and transportation, we have relied so much on technology that we basically cannot live without it now.
Even when we travel to distant places, we still use gadgets to get us where we want to be. Traveling has been changed by these advancements for the last couple of years to make trips more convenient and add a touch of luxury and class to this usually mundane task.
A few years back, people on road trips relied on paper maps that showed all possible routes to any place of their liking, especially unfamiliar destinations. They had to trace each path and compare them to each other to gauge what route would get them there faster.
Asking around helped, but that can only go so far as the person’s knowledge asked about the trail. And when they eventually reach their stop, they’d have to rely on their memory to get back home and remember that route for when they have to go on that trip all over again.
Nowadays, we don’t even have to think much about how to get somewhere. Our computers and mobile phones are equipped with a global positioning system (GPS) that can be used not only for our recreational activities but also for industries like agriculture, communication, rescue missions, and national security.
Google Maps, one of the easiest and most popular navigation apps that people use, can give you step-by-step directions in real-time on how to get to your destination. No longer do people get lost on the road because of this innovation.
Transportation also evolved as time went by. We started from simple modes of transport but eventually created vehicles that saved us a lot of time and energy. Planes and ships have closed gaps between lands and waters that would have been nearly impossible to cross a long time ago. From walking and riding horses to catching trains and driving simpler wheeled vehicles, we have constantly moved towards convenience that manifested as faster and more efficient automobiles.
Along with this convenience, we learned to incorporate comfort and luxury in our vehicles. Sports cars have come to symbolize speed and extravagance, while customized motorhomes have compacted a home into a mobile machine. Our needs can be fully met while still having space for some people’s desire for high living.
Digital communication has virtually eliminated distance in our modern world. Almost everything can now be done in advance, including making reservations and paying for them online. Hotels and other lodgings have moved to online systems that let us book rooms even months before the scheduled dates. This can be done even without being physically present on the site to make the reservations.
We can easily find reviews from customers of just about every hotel. We can even compare prices of all available inns within an area to help us make decisions while booking a place.
Even air travel that used to be a hassle has become more convenient today. Before, people had to consult travel agencies that would communicate with airlines to get their flights booked. But now, with just a tap of a finger, we can easily schedule a flight with the best deal, among others.
Modern technology also helps to overcome language barriers between different cultures and nations. As tourists in a foreign country where people speak a different language, we can use many apps and specialized devices to translate our words to their foreign language and vice versa to communicate basic ideas necessary for travelers.
Language translation from these devices is far from perfect before seamless communication can be reached. However, the technology certainly helps get vital information across these language barriers.
Our present generation’s brilliant minds will continue to make our lives easier and more efficient with their ideas on technological advancements. As with the COVID-19 pandemic, we gained more ways of contactless interactions that keep us safe from the disease. These gadgets will only develop into bigger and better technology that will serve us in every existing industry in the future.
But our reliance on machinery should be limited to a certain extent. Let us not forget that modernization can negatively affect our environment. We are constantly exhausting non-renewable resources and contributing to climate change with most of our gadget usage. Remember that technology should exist to assist us and not harm us.