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I never cease to be amazed by the speed of technological advances that we experience on a day to day basis. Technology that comes and goes in the blink of an eye. It always makes me wonder where we will be a 12 months’ time, let alone a decade.

Here are some of the things that I think have revolutionised our daily lives – often, but not always – for the better. Social networking is such an example. People in our modern times now spend more time communicating via images, comments, and data voice – this includes voice messages – than face to face or by normal phone conversations. Voice messages?

Why would anyone prefer to record a voice clip and send it to someone – rather than call them and hear their voice? WhatsApp groups are another bone for contention. Whilst I find this WhatsApp communication a very cost effective way of staying in touch with people you cannot meet – WhatsApp groups drive me mad!

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I t is like being forced to attend a party and having to listen to everyone’s opinion on anything – and you are not allowed to ignore them! I politely leave as many such groups I am added to, and those I really have to stay in, I make sure I mute. I currently am a member of a very extended family group all around the world. Much as I love them – I now have 440 messages that I have not read! I really don’t know if I will be brave enough to start reading them soon.

Then let us not forget Twitter, Instagram and of course – Facebook. Practically speaking – social networks actually reduce business efficiencies in the workplace – and with the widespread use of smartphone and independent data bundle offerings – being able to restrict such use in the office is almost impossible.

Biometrics is the next big thing with new releases of devices every day that speeds up human interaction with the ubiquitous device that we carry – tablet, smartphone or laptop – wherever we are. We already have fingerprint and face recognition built into the latest Windows 10 devices.

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The latest in human/technology interaction are virtual reality goggles or headsets – that allows us to interact with a smart device simply using our eyes. Add to this voice activation and intelligent personal assistants such as Siri and Cortana that allow you to use your voice to send messages, make appointments, control your home and more – and how soon before you will be talking to your fridge or tv for example and asking them to change channel for you and let you know what food is available in the fridge.

This technology is closely interacting with the Internet Of Things (IOT) technology – where almost every electrical device is now connected via a personal network or the internet and can interact with each other.

Are you a keen sports follower? Ever asked yourself how it is possible that you can get immediate data on exactly how much possession – for example – each football team has of the ball in a game? How many meters a player has run? Do you think there are scores of people sitting and counting every action as it happens? Nope – this is technology at work – using cameras and the IOT.

Many players wear small devices that record every action they take. This is analysed extremely fast and summarized for the viewers’ attention. This sort of data analysis goes under the label of Big Data. As a business, ignore this at your peril.

I do not have the space to talk about other technology such Solid State Drives (SSDs) now found in most mobile computers – that offer blinding drive read and write speeds. For example, my Ultrabook boots up in less than 10 seconds, compared with the close to a minute and a half I used to experience with my older laptop. Or amazing mega pixel camera technology that allows almost anyone to take amazing photos with a phone that were once the domain of professional photographers with expensive cameras. I am sure you will think of several other things I have left out. Email me with them and I’ll add them to a future column.

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