By the law of averages, good years are usually followed by bad ones. Could 2017 be the year of sagging computer sales, more security breaches, more fake computer support services, fewer free programs from the Internet, and modest subscription charges for using social media outlets? It seems that the Internet is getting a bad rap, especially from the year-end, super-duper mammoth story of Yahoo being breached, affecting more than one billion Yahoo accounts—that’s every single user that has an account with them. Maybe there is hope in a breached world?
But all of us in cyberland have hope. We hope that things can turn around. We hope that the world can sustain the failures of data breaches and malware attacks on businesses and people. Not only do we carry a small candle for religious and political conflicts, our personal hope carries into the world of technology. This deep-seeded passion keeps us using the very products and services that make it all worthwhile: ease-of-use applications, immediate results to all inquiries, good levels of communication and commerce, and even plain and simple curiosity that keeps many users of technology accepting whatever improvements are ahead for 2017.
As stated before in prior articles, technology keeps moving forward, regardless of the outcome. Human beings tend to recover from failure, especially in the world of technical advancement. Each failure in this business is followed by something extraordinary, something vibrant, something noteworthy, and something earth-shattering. Users of technology are hungry for a vast change in the Visual Department. We want to see, to touch, and to experience new forms of technology every year—and it seems this theory follows right in line with how computer speeds double each year (Moore’s Law). Because 2016 wasn’t a year of mind-bending new experiences, we can believe that people are wanting and desiring a proud mix of technology to enhance their pampered lives.
That pampering has included some incredible technology inventions over the years. This year’s award-winning technology developments hardly put a dent into the past inventions of our times. Here’s just a few to note:
- Microwave oven. Developed in the 1940s, this invention has forever changed the food industry, making meals more convenient and easier to prepare for all age levels.
- GPS. Originally developed for the U.S. Military in 1978, this invention helps avoid the confusion of road maps, because half of all Americans carrying a smartphone will have GPS apps leading the way.
- Computer mouse. Invented by Douglas Engelbart in 1964, this one invention is easily overlooked and hardly ever mentioned in today’s rapid-fire, fast-paced digital world.
- The Internet. First available to the public in the 1990s, this invention has arguably changed the world in ways beyond any other invention.
- Cellphones. Martin Cooper makes the first cellphone call on April 3, 1973. Ten years later, the mobile phone industry grabs the interest of the public, motivating people to communicate wirelessly over a network of cell towers.
It’ll be difficult to match the awe-inspiring nature of these legendary inventions. But this year still made huge advances under the hood of electronic appliances, phone support bots, self-driving automobiles, and smarter apps. Each advancement saw a change in connecting these same devices to cloud services, giving them the ability to upgrade themselves without human intervention. That’s an amazing year—when you consider that people didn’t even know about these new services. Smarter, faster—these 2016 devices grew to be more self-smart, more self-reliant than ever.
That leaves only one question: Will 2017 be a tech-breaking year?
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