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In Technology, Innovations Can Be As Important as Inventions

In Technology, Innovations Can Be As Important as Inventions

Today, technology stands out for its remarkable pace of growth and continuous innovation. I really mean continuous. Nearly everything that has been developed is eventually improved upon, until something new comes along and replaces it. If an improvement is good enough, especially if it is seen as indispensable, it will often transcend the initial invention. This has happened many times over the years. 

Let’s go through how technologies have evolved extremely quickly over the past half-century. 

The Microchip

One of the most pivotal inventions, the microchip emerged in the late 1950s and has propelled one of the biggest changes in the modern world. It served as the culmination of decades of computing research, laying the foundation for today's technological advancements.

The PC

Personal Computers were developed over nearly a decade and although initially slow to reach consumers, have undeniably transformed the world. The widespread adoption and accessibility of PC technology has changed every aspect of modern life and even though many people don’t depend on the old-school PC as much as they used to, their ubiquity is undeniable as form factors have changed. 

The GUI

The introduction of Graphical User Interface (GUI) first in stand alone applications and then in computing operating systems marked a turning point, making computing more user-friendly. The integration of the GUI led to the development of the mouse and keyboard and completely revolutionized the user experience.

Wireless Devices and Connectivity

The evolution of mobile devices and wireless technology has come a long way. The first mobile phones were only utilized by the affluent and didn’t have much function, but as devices got less bulky and users were less burdened by high fees, mobile phones became a ubiquitous technology. Smartphones now place dynamic computing power in the hands of users, including file sharing, multimedia, and almost limitless data storage capabilities. 

The Internet

So much of society today takes place over the Internet. Its emergence pretty late in the 20th century has given a whole new dimension to being a human being; and it’s still in its infancy. Humanity has only scratched the surface for what the Internet can be. 

The Internet of Things

If you are unfamiliar with the term, the Internet of Things (IoT) encompasses billions of connected devices, each serving a unique purpose. Despite lacking traditional internet access, these devices connect the modern workplace, providing great insights that could not be possible without them. 

Artificial intelligence

Nowadays AI-powered tools play a pivotal role in automating tasks, particularly for businesses. While not reaching the sophistication of the androids in our favorite space opera, these AI solutions demonstrate significant capabilities that can be used throughout an organization to cost effectively complete necessary tasks.

Reflecting on these innovations spanning approximately 75 years, it is intriguing to envision the future. The Internet, AI, and various technological strides promise continued transformation. If you would like to talk about technology with one of our knowledgeable professionals, give us a call today at (866) 546-1004.

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