is a man in the machine and a machine in the man. Technology and mankind are
tied to each other in a wedlock that did not happen in heaven but in this
world. Life on the fast track is essentially the story of the influence of
technology on our daily lives and habits. How does technology influence habit
formation in human beings? Has technology overpowered mankind to the extent
that our daily life routines, schedules and habits are not being shaped by us
are numerous instances that one can quote to reflect upon the relationship
between man and technology. The fact that the Stanford University offers a
fully-fledged academic program called “Symbolic Systems Program” (SSP) that
deals with the human-technology relationship, bears testimony to the fact that
technology is not just a tool to work with, but also influences the way human
brains think, respond to situations and repeat behaviour. The repetitiveness of
human behaviour is an outcome of scalability of technology that makes it
possible for us to repeat actions that are aimed at achieving desired outcomes,
thus leading to habit formation. We take you through these amazing technologies
that are influencing our lives and daily habits in a big way.
Digital Wallets are Reinventing Payments and Transactions
technology has been an evolving story for a while now. The last decade has
witnessed the rise of digital wallets in both developed countries and emerging
economies. Mobile banking and digital wallets are doing away with the need for
people to carry cash to engage in financial transactions and make payments.
Merchants are accepting receipts through digital wallets in a bigger way than
before. The cost of cash model proves the menu costs, shoe-leather costs and logistics
costs incurred in dealing with cash. Mobile apps of digital wallets for smart
phones are altering consumer purchases and habits.
Smart Watches with In-Built Health Apps
was a time when people did not have a way to explore the nutritional value of
the food that they consumed on a daily basis and thus diet plans were curated
instinctively. Today, there are numerous smart watches and writ gears that come
loaded with in-built health applications to monitor and track the calorific
value of food that people eat. It is possible to curate diet plans daily based
on the information available. Similarly, it is also possible to know the
calories lost by walking, jogging, exercising and engaging in other forms of
exercise, thus enabling the formation of good habits of health consciousness.
Travel Apps Have Redefined On-Road Experiences
Travel apps make for great
companions to commuters. Rush hour
travel mandates smart thinking to navigate from one place to another. Travel
apps have enhanced the ease of booking hotels, exploration of time saving
routes and ticket booking. Google Trips for example, is a great app that reveals
information on local routes, fine dine and quick service restaurant options and
reviews by users. Citymapper is yet another travel app that offers dedicated
information on cities, travel options in the middle of journey and information
of local relevance.
Entertainment Apps Are Altering the Way People Spend Their Free Time
media like television and radio have got company in the form of entertainment
applications. There are mobile apps for watching live sport, listening to music
and watching videos. The commute to the office on tube rail and bus rides have
become more entertaining and productive than ever before with office goers
being glued to their smart phone screens feeding on video and audio content
types of their choices.
Learning Has Become Portable and Interesting
sight of the last benchers taking a nap even as the bespectacled teacher
checked for the little culprits in the classroom will probably stay in our
memories for long. Yet, the times are changing and learning inside the classroom
and beyond has become more interactive, lively and interesting. Simulation,
videos and presentations are replacing the old means of learning.
E Cigarette is the New Trend
Call it a strange compassion for oppression and death, the fact is that smoking should have been gone by now in the face of mounting evidence of deaths related to smoking. Thankfully things are changing for good and e cigarette is the new smoking trend. Powered by a rechargeable battery, an e cigarette offers a wide variety of nicotine e juice flavours and is comparatively less harmful to health than the traditional cigarettes. Smokers that seek opportunities to quit the bad habit of smoking find an e-cigarette to be a good option to move forward in the direction.
Today technology is not just about powering industrial machines and tools. It is as much about altering human lives, reducing human effort and most importantly making human lives healthier. As we move ahead in the twenty first century it is likely that technology will only become more user-friendly.