Guest Author - Kathryn K Free
Lines are blurring in today’s technology. Computers, laptops, tablets, smartphones and eBook readers are all coming together. Businesses are reeling with this evolution of technology and they do not know where to turn. The Nook has been discontinued leaving a void for many eBook readers. Tablets now come in all sizes and shapes. Computers are now just for big businesses where the staff works at a specific workstation. Laptops are now becoming tablets with the programs on the cloud. eBook readers are now looking more like tablets and tablets are looking more like an eBook reader. Smartphones bring all types of devices together. So where does one turn?
Social networks are demanding this coming together for many reasons. No longer does one need to print a coupon to receive the discount offered. Bookstores are becoming a thing of the past. Barnes and Nobel just closed 30% of their locations along with the discontinuance of their eReader. Publishers now publish in print, audio, ePUB, Amazon, Sony, iPAD and smartphone APPS. eBooks are now so similar to an eBook APP that Google has hinted of the merging of these two categories..
Emails are now being replaced with TXT messaging and alerts. Shutterfly is being taken over by APPS like Instagram. Courses are now being published via mobile APPS and tablet technology where interactivity is the norm. Convention check in is now done via a QR code scan. Purchasing is now handled via the mobile devices quickly and instantly. No longer do conventions and training facilities need to have credit card machines. WiFi is now being handled via smartphones and one can even host a group to internet connectivity. No longer are we looking on where and how we access the Internet, we are carrying with us the device capable to handle this anywhere.
No longer does one have to purchase a map or navigation system. All smartphones come equipped with an excellent option that even shows the image of the house or business you have arrived at. No longer do you need to look for gas stations, banks or food locations and remember. All one has to do is open up YELP and see what everyone is saying.
Phones numbers are now accessed via voice and smart buttons. It is no longer a season where you teach your children their home phone numbers but how to call them via a smartphone. Knowing where your children are, your spouse or your friends are now just a click away. There are APPS that lock your car, open your car, turn on your car and even drive your car to some extent!
Technology has created a world where connectivity seems to be instant. Reality this instant communication has cut out the person interaction and out society has been harmed by this causality. The PDA, personal data assistant, now does so much more than phone numbers and notes. . .it handles our personal, professional, private and public life all in one device. My hopes is the personal interaction, like a phone call or card sent via USPS comes back in fashion. We all need touch. We all need love. We all need a balance between technology and personal interaction.
What has changed in your life due to technology?