Technology is continuously progressing and changing over time; allowing us as a society to communicate more efficiently and effectively. And as technology becomes more advanced, we grow more dependent on it.
Only a short time ago, most of us would have had a desktop PC or a laptop PC (you know, the old brick-like one) but nowadays, we have so much more tech as everyday tools. From mobile phones to tablets and portable media players, we’re constantly attached to some form of technology and it’s through the cloud that these devices are synced.
For those of you who are now aren’t so clued into tech terms and are now thinking of clouds in the sky, this specific cloud is a relatively recent buzzword used to define a form of internet transmission. As the Guardian suggests, the term is fitting as the internet (like clouds) is “large, out there somewhere, and fuzzy at the edges.” Cloud technology allows you to access your files from almost any device as data and software is stored online. But how does it influence our daily lives?
1. Social Networking in the Clouds
Online social networking has become such an integral part of our daily routine. Not only do we organise our social lives on there via events and online messaging; we also can maintain contact with those we may else have lost connection with.
As a result, nearly all of us are already using cloud technology without even realising. If you watch YouTube videos, have a Facebook account, tweet or use LinkedIn to network, you are using cloud technology. To see how social networks have embraced cloud technology.
2.Tracking Down Our Valuables
We all lose things from time to time – sometimes on a daily basis. But technology has come to the rescue with the help of cloud technology; making our lives much easier.
New apps such as “tile” have been formulated to work with cloud technology in order to help us track down our lost valuables. A small tile-shaped Bluetooth tag is attached to your valuables (e.g. keys, wallet, or phone) and then it can be used to track your belonging using an iOS app. The app locates your valuables if they are within Bluetooth range and if not, it sends out an alert signal to see if they are within range of anyone else using the ‘tile’ app.
Whilst it’s still early days for this technology, it’s sure to become a hit amongst those of us who have a habit of losing things (so basically, everyone).
3.Business Moves to the Cloud
According Forbes, more than half of U.S businesses use cloud computing. And we are not just talking about big businesses here; many small businesses have adopted cloud technology as it allows small businesses to expand easily, with little physical resources. Cloud technology allows businesses to access software and store data online, giving companies access to cutting edge software and making data and software more accessible to employees, wherever they are.
One of the most interesting developments in business computing is Cloud call centres. Cloud-based contact centres configure waiting calls in the cloud, which are then put through to the next available staff member – whether they’re working at home, in the office or at the shop (if they have one).
This has allowed more call centre employees to work remotely, for call centres to easily embrace new software via the cloud and for contact centres to become more efficient. Not only that but it reduces the need for physical office space, allowing businesses to expand easily. NewVoiceMedia explain how this works in their useful video.
4.Cloud Technology To Transform Education
Cloud technology has also proven to be an incredibly useful tool for educators and students alike. Not only does it allow students to access their work and school resources from anywhere, it has benefitted children further afield who otherwise may not have been able to have access to an education at all.
In low-income countries, 64 million primary school-age children and 72 million lower secondary school-age children were reported to be out of school in 2012. Efforts are being made to use cloud computing to enable such children to access education online. However, technology must first be deployed to these areas in order for the system to work.
Whilst there are still some flaws in the system when it comes to cloud computing (see EA games recent failure with cloud), it is undoubtable that the benefits still outweigh the drawbacks.
Not only does cloud make education more accessible, it also grants employees the choice in choosing where they want to work; paving the way for more freelance occupations and reducing the need for external help. And the new uses for cloud technology just keep on coming, allowing us to stay connected wherever we are in the world.