When the average person thinks of technology, they probably think of their smartphone, laptop, and maybe even their cars and smart home devices. But technology isn’t used for just entertainment purposes— virtually every sector and almost every place in the world uses technology in some way.
Technology has been constantly evolving over the last two decades, allowing us to achieve things that were previously thought to be impossible. Here are a few examples of what current trends in technology look like in these seven industries.
1: Agriculture and Forestry
Agriculture is the science of rearing animals and cultivating the soil for growing crops to produce food on a large scale. This also includes forestry, fishing, and hunting. However, one of the major problems with food production on a large scale is that it constantly depletes nutrients from the soil.
Fortunately, regenerative agriculture fixes this problem and replenishes the soil for the next cropping period. For regenerative agriculture to be successful, farmers must practice the following:
- Crop rotation
- No-till farming
- Planting cover crops
- Reducing tillage
2: Business and Finance
A general definition of business is a person’s occupation, but a more specific definition is engaging in commerce for pay.
One thing that all businesses (and all industry sectors) rely on is internet connectivity. The COVID-19 pandemic has left many individuals satisfied with working from home, so a reliable internet connection is more important than ever before. Also, with more and more people using the internet every day, we’ll start to see more fifth generation (5G) networks, with talks of a sixth generation in the near future.
3: Construction and Manufacturing
Construction is the creation of buildings and structures through the use of labor, machines, and tools, and manufacturing is the production of goods through labor machines, and tools. Even though these two sectors are pretty different, they use a lot of the same technologies.
Probably the biggest trend in technology in both of these industries— other than safety gear— is artificial intelligence (AI). AI technology enables machines to operate on their own, as if they had human intelligence. Of course, there are different levels of AI, with some machines operating through codes, and other machines collecting information and learning as they go. AI allows machines to automate tasks that were previously performed by human hands.
Not only has work become remote because of the pandemic, but so has schooling. Although most schools and universities have gone back to traditional learning, the technology that came about during quarantine is still being used and improved to create better learning experiences. One of these is immersive learning technology, such as extended reality (XR)— which includes virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR).
5: Food and Lodging
The hospitality industry comprises food and beverages, and it also includes lodging. Self-service has become a huge trend in the hospitality industry, with many hotels and other lodging facilities allowing guests to check-in right from their smartphones. Restaurants, too, have started to allow guests to order from their phones, and even order food to be picked up or delivered to their homes.
Those working in the hospitality industry have also picked up the self-service trend with self-service meeting spaces. This helps to accommodate the remote attendees with videoconferencing.
6: Healthcare, Medicine, and Pharmaceuticals
Healthcare is an industry that’s very well-known for using some of the latest technology. There are so many new technology trends, from telemedicine to remote patient monitoring with wearables. Because healthcare is such an important industry it’s important that these technologies not only function properly, but also are assembled correctly. Bonding and dispensing technology from bdtronic can ensure that medical technology is constructed properly.
7: Transportation and Warehousing
The transportation industry deals with the logistics of moving people and products, including airlines, railroads, shipping, and trucking. One of the biggest trends in both transportation and the warehousing industry is automation, which aims to reduce human intervention. A perfect example of automation in the transportation industry is self-driving vehicles (autonomous transportation). It’s very likely that traditional methods of delivery will be replaced by autonomous transportation.
Although we may not be as technologically advanced as we thought we’d be by now, we have still come a long way with the technology that we have. Previously, technology was thought to be most useful for making our lives more luxurious— and although it has— it’s become more valuable for improving the lives of all across many industries.