The Importance of Technology in Education
Modern arguments around educational technology tend towards binary positions — usually for or against; this “position taking” makes the design of educational technology inaccessible because we’re not considering design, but rather positions. There are few compelling arguments against technology as learning tools, though even that depends on what students are learning and why. We usually […]
When Technology and Automation Increase Jobs
There is widespread concern today that many jobs will be lost to new computer technologies as more human tasks can be performed by machines. A host of recent papers estimate that these technologies put anywhere from 9% of jobs to 47% at risk of automation in the near future. Some people argue that this expansion […]
Medical Technologies to Be Aware of
Medical technology has come a long way since the invention of eyeglasses and the stethoscope. The broader availability of mobile internet, the expansion of a more affluent middle class, and an aging global population are all driving change in the healthcare industry, and the associated technology is changing faster than ever before. According to a […]
Hottest Tech Trends for 2019
The growing presence of the digital world is impacting not just our lives, but also the major trends in the world. While this past year saw an evolving of artificial intelligence and robotics, the coming year is going to see the presence of brand new trends not just on the digital front, but on the technological side of the world as well. These advances will extend into the health and medical fields as well — in the realms of both personal health and medical community health. For accurate and important health information we rely on our own research as well as the authority information from health-related sites such as WebMD and Brighter Health.
A system that allows companies to simplify the process of online transactions with one another without relying on a centralized third party, blockchain is a trend that has quickly picked up in the last year and is going to be one of the forebearers of the change in technology in 2019. Drastically cutting down the amount of time and friction between transactions, the coming year is going to see blockchain being used in various fields like administration, healthcare and manufacturing.
A digital representation that replicates real life objects, processes or systems, digital twins can be linked to create twins of larger systems such as power plants, or even an entire city. While the concept of digital twins has been around for a some time now, the year 2019 is going to see a stronger version, especially with the increasing usage of the Internet of Things. One of the major technological trends in the coming year, Digital twins are going to help in reducing the amount time spent on getting the work done.
Artificial and Machine Learning
Artificial learning and machine learning, while a strong part of this year, will be quite worth the watch even in 2019. Although AI has been around since 1956, the last year saw an increase in the number of people around the world connected to devices through AI. Through the increasing usage of AI, technology and digitization evolved to give way to machine learning. Apart from reducing the amount of time spent on work, machine learning is going to be one of the most sought after jobs in 2019!
From marketing to customer service, businesses are finding ways to use machine learning to streamline operations. It's also become a strong presence in our everyday lives – facial recognition software, search engines and even Netflix all utilize machine learning to tailor a customer's experience. Sure, Luddites aren't going to invent new ways to use machine learning to improve their business.
Designed to give humans and technological systems the chance to interact with one another in open, connected, coordinated and intelligent ecosystems, smart spaces are going to be one of the major breakthroughs in 2019. With technology playing such a massive role in everyday life, smart spaces are going to help in reducing the amount of time which goes into getting the final deliverables out, thereby increasing the time spent on perfecting the already existing processes. With smart spaces, there will be an evolution in technology with a focus on multiple areas like healthcare and real estate!
What started off as cloud computing has now given way to something really exciting in the form of edge computing, says Forbes. Edge computing is here to help solve all the glitches that cloud computing initially had. With faster processing, edge computing can be used in time sensitive situations, with no particular necessity of being connected to a centralized connection. Furthermore, with the increase in the number of devices connected to the Internet of Things, edge computing will have a stronger presence in the world.
Technology Tips for Small Business
According to the Small Business Entrepreneurship Council (SBE) and 2017 US census data, businesses with less than 20 employees made up 87.4% of all American business. When non-employer or sole-proprietor businesses were added to the group, the percentage hit 94.4.
If you identify as a small business, you know that technology issues for a new start-up or growing business differ greatly from a large corporation. The technology you need to keep your small business running smoothly, the need to utilize cost-effective tools and the process of selecting the right technology for your business are all unique for small businesses.
Another factor for US small businesses is the emergence of the Millennial generation in the workforce. The Millennial mentality is to consider the quality of life and place as important as job satisfaction. Many feel that more rural areas provide a better environment for raising children and that working where you live as opposed to living where you work is a priority. The combination of socio-economic strife in rural America and the trend of entrepreneurial Millennials locating to rural areas is a perfect recipe for the growth of small businesses in rural America.
Don't forget that today's small businesses are not the ‘mom and pops' of the past. They need to compete in the global, digital economy, and the digitally native Millennials would have it no other way.
The Five Tech Tips for Small Businesses
After reviewing input from our small business customers, information from numerous reliable sources, and our own personal experiences, we've pulled together five common technology tips that were listed as keys to a successful small business:
- Embrace Technology: Don't let yourself be intimidated by the technological era. Using technology can help your company grow faster and stronger.
- Employ the Cloud: The cloud will store all the information you need it to so that it is accessible from anywhere, safe no matter what, and frees up room on your servers.
- Don't Underestimate Email: Though email may seem like a chore at times, 3.5 billion people use email worldwide. It is a vital part of marketing in the modern era. It's also very cost effective and should not be ignored by your business.
- Be Mobile: Close to 75% of today's employees work remotely. Enabling your business to do the same will save you time, money and will attract the best employees in your field.
- Don't Skimp on Conference Tools: You really can't operate a successful business without meetings. Today's conference tools make running a meeting from your living room just as easy as running one from the conference room.
These five tech tips are a great way to dip your toe into the world of business technology. Whether you are a current small business owner or looking into starting your first small business, business.com agrees that these tips are a great place to get started.
How Small Businesses Can Keep Up
The irony of all this integration of equipment is that it can be a real nightmare to administer and maintain. The efficiencies that are achieved can certainly improve your bottom line by saving time and money – until it fails.
Is there nothing more damaging to productivity than a workplace distraction? (Okay, maybe taking ten minutes to talk to coworkers about the latest episode of Game of Thrones isn't the worst thing in the world.) However, when running a small business, we all know how the old saying goes: time is money. With business seemingly booming and not enough time in the day to accomplish everything on the to-do list, every hour during the workday is precious. So be mobile, and take your business with you!