Can We Really Trust Technology to Improve Our Lives?

Can We Really Trust Technology to Improve Our Lives?

Applied science has created technology, and as this has evolved it has changed our world beyond recognition. A time traveler from an earlier century showing up in our world today, say, someone in an H.G. Wells story, would think that they had arrived on another planet.

Yet since we have been a witness to these unfolding events, we often take our lifestyle changes for granted. From our perspective, the evolution of the first telephone to the smartphone in our pocket, or the progress of the first medical drug to the plastic vials in our medicine closet, seems to have happened slowly. Yet from the framework of history, we have made astonishing progress in the span of a few centuries.

Let us take a look at some of the ways invention and innovation have played a significant role in our lives and changed it in a way that appears almost miraculous in hindsight.

Electronic Cigarettes

Cigarettes have such an addictive quality that no amount of surgeon-general warnings or scientific evidence or personal experience of adverse health conditions has been able to persuade people to stop smoking. Yet rather than trying to wrestle our stubborn wills into submission, helping our common sense catch up with our craving for tobacco, technology has introduced vaporizers and electronic cigarettes. In fact, the use of e-liquid vape juice takes care of our psychological need for calm and poise that cigarettes bestow.

An electronic cigarette, usually referred to as an e-cigarette, is an elegant handheld device that cleverly simulates the same satisfaction that tobacco smoking gives those of us who are chronic smokers. At its essence, this innovation is remarkably simple and practical. An e-cigarette heats a liquid converting it into an aerosol. Smokers inhale this “vapor” to enjoy the same physiological pleasure they had when they were smoking a tobacco cigarette.

Remote Medical Care

When we think of healthcare, we usually think of doctors asking us questions us in person to diagnose the reason for our ill-health. Medicine, in other words, is a personal experience between a physician and a patient. All this was fine when the world was smaller, when people lived in small towns and where the ratio between doctors and patients was manageable. Now we live in huge cities and hospitals are understaffed. Since it takes decades to train a doctor, the doctor-patient ratio is now almost unmanageable.

Technology has reduced the enormity of this problem by shrinking time and space to make it easier for doctors to meet with patients. Telemedicine has reduced the need for healthcare providers to share the same physical space with those needing medical help. Since doctors can diagnose minor health issues by using a video conferencing application, computer-to-computer interactions now simulate person-to-person meetings.

Adults don’t have to take time off from work or students to ask for permission from their school to see a doctor. By removing the constraints of distance and time, it’s possible for doctors and patients to speak to each other and for the doctor to arrive at a diagnosis based on seeing and hearing the patient describe their symptoms.

Almost Instant Telecommunication

The mother of all these innovations and the reason for this rapid growth in knowledge has been the internet. Since technology is based on science and science is based on education and education is based on shared knowledge, the internet has made it possible for human beings to double their knowledge about the world at an exponential rate. It’s estimated that knowledge doubles every year, but it’s expected to double every 12 hours in the future.

Almost instant telecommunication has been made possible by the internet. It has significantly altered the way we think, speak, and understand each other across the globe. Our world has undergone a massive, unbelievable sea change since the late 1950s when the first internet connectivity made the world wide web possible.

The reason why the smartphone is smart, or for that matter any of our electronic devices, are smart is because of the level of communication opened by the information highway. From providing us a way to meet our basic needs to offering us a channel to enjoy extravagant luxuries, blazing fast telecommunications have made the world a global village.

In conclusion, technology has improved our world in innumerable ways and our next step in human evolution is to learn how to use it wisely.

Ways to Tweak Your Home to Help You to Get Mobile Again

Ways to Tweak Your Home to Help You to Get Mobile Again

If you are facing mobility issues either through age, an illness or an injury, you will no doubt be struggling to move around your home like you used to. This can be quite a shock to the system for anyone who is used to whizzing about the house, and it can be very painful in many cases too.

In this situation it is vitally important that you make changes to your home, which will allow you to move around more freely.  Struggling around the home is not just frustrating, it could lead to more damage being done, and so it is crucial that you do make some changes. There are all kinds of gadgets which you can add and tweaks which you can make to the home, and here are just a few ideas for you.

Stairlift

The stairs can pose a real issue if you have mobility problems and can cause you to put a great deal of pressure on yourself as you try to get up and down them. If this is the case for you, then a stairlift solution could help to change your life and make it easy for you to get up and down the stairs like you used to. Stairlifts are simply installed, and very easy to use, just sit down, press a button and up – or down – you go.

In-House Railing

If you have carpets in your home then getting around on a zimmer is practically impossible, with the wheels getting stuck in the carpet. If you don’t use a zimmer, then regardless of whether or not you have a carpet, getting around can be troublesome. A quick fix for this is to have some rails installed around the home, which you can use to keep your steadiness as you move throughout the house.

Bathroom Tweaks

Mobility problems affect even the most simple things in life, activities such as bathing for example can be very problematic. There are however, many changes which you can make in the bathroom to ensure an easier experience. You could look to create a wetroom with a seat fitted, so that you can simply walk in and out of the shower without having to clamber over anything, it will also give you plenty of space.

Another addition which you can make would be a bathtub which has a door to access it, rather than climbing in and out. Finally you should look into getting a raised toilet seat, which means that you won’t have to sit down as far when you need the bathroom, alleviating pressure on your joints.

Grabber

One gadget which I would most definitely recommend that you invest in is a grabber which is similar to the devices which are used for litter picking. With this handy device you can pick things up from the floor, open and close curtains or grab things that are out of reach. The key is to put as little pressure on your body as possible, and this grabber ensures that you can avoid any undue stretching or straining.