With new advanced technologies transforming the way people live and work, an unending stream of useful new apps to download to our phones, and the advent of artificial intelligence increasing how we use information, technology is moving a lot quicker than we can keep up with. It not only makes our lives easier, but it also helps us live greener and better lives.
With the world marking the global Earth Day today, here are some ways technology is saving the earth and improving our lives:
Smart technologies are assisting us in not only simplifying our lives but also saving the environment, which may come as a surprise to some.
Smart home devices save energy by turning off the electricity to equipment that isn’t in use, thanks to artificial intelligence.
Refrigerators, for example, can send you an email if the door is partially open or if your milk is going to go bad.
These smart systems can also regulate your thermostat or power usage so that you don’t waste energy when you aren’t at home.
Thermostats and smart bulbs may be configured to turn on and off at specific times, and some can even adjust themselves based on room activity.
It’s a terrific approach to make sure that if someone is working late, they aren’t squandering their time.
Your devices can email you if they have a part that is going to wear out, just as they may notify you to know if they have an energy-wasting problem (imagine if our bodies could do that).
It not only saves you a lot on costly appliance replacements, but it also allows you to address issues before your large equipment ends up in a landfill.
Green buildings that are designed to best harness and apply natural lighting will save money on lighting while also reducing the amount of coal used to power that lighting.
While we haven’t yet achieved the paperless society predicted by early forecasters, screen technology provides a solution to pen and paper for communication and tasks, as well as an alternative to printed resources in the form of ebooks and audiobooks.
Streaming media services are lowering the demand for DVDs and the unnecessary packaging that comes with them.
Technology is also being used to assist avoid food waste, with the goal of keeping foodstuff out of dumpsters by keeping better track of it from farm to table.
Given a third of the world’s food supplies are being wasted, data collecting technology has the potential to drastically lower this ratio.
Making Us Smarter
Kids are studying in smarter classrooms that incorporate smart whiteboards, projects and personalised digital gadgets to encourage more engagement and active participation.
Schools are constructing or upgrading classrooms that are more energy-efficient and comfortable to learn in, including improving alertness, smarter lighting that mimics natural daylight and climate control, improving alertness, and providing an avenue for students to learn about environmental resources as well as conservation.
Increasing Our Health
Simple phone applications that can help users meditate, push them to drink more water and also eat better, and encourage exercise are just a few examples of how technology is assisting people in getting healthy.
Smart bulbs in our homes can adjust or lessen blue light at specific times, which can help you sleep better and safeguard your vision.
Continuous advancements in medical technology, such as the introduction of artificial intelligence into medicine, are assisting in improving diagnostics and treatment options, pinpointing the precision of treatments like radiation therapy, and recognizing early tendencies of degeneration.
These new technologies give physicians and other healthcare practitioners more tailored information, allowing them to treat their patients more effectively.
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