According to a survey some time ago, the number of cell phone users in the year 2000 were around one billion. As as of last year, this percentage has increased fivefold, and this tremendous increase in users is mainly recorded in the underdeveloped countries. There was this time when only some members of the elite class had access to this luxury. Now every other kid has a cell phone. From a thirteen year old to a ninety year old, life is unimaginable without a cell- or smart-phone.
Mobile phone companies are benefiting hugely from this sudden boom in business. This upswing of cell phones has led the poor countries to generate revenue. It has made their lives faster and easier, making businesses more successful and more efficient.
But where will it all go?
That’s what I’m wondering lately.
Will computers and automated communication ultimately make human life redundant?
It may sound strange, but over time, I believe it will.
And although we will still be here, I have no idea what we will we be doing.
The way of doing business has dramatically changed – thanks to the rapidly evolving and progressing communications media platforms. Plus, innovations are of course ongoing as we speak. It looks like humanity is as insatiable as ever. In the past, meeting and conferences would only take place in cold conference rooms.
Now, you can easily conduct team meetings and online conferences using the many web-based platforms available today; including some free VOIP platforms. Besides, most businesses have largely benefitted from the big savings they can make by simply using free VOIP data or conducting seminars, trainings and more in a paperless environment. The amount of time too that you can save using such online communication tools is just tremendous.
Change, and even more change
Amidst these many types of online interfaces that we can now use and apply, you can only expect for further technological innovations that will be coming out very soon. Platforms such as videos, Voice-over-internet-protocol, social networking, online marketing, and cloud-computing technology, will just continue to amaze us at how powerful the so-called Internet technology can do for the modern man.
Bottom line is there’s no way but up for technology. With the rate of progress that it is now showing, we are very sure that there will be more communications devices and interfaces that will crop up to serve what the modern population demands.
Poverty is instigated by the lack of the right resources, lack of access to markets, hospitalisation and an ignorance of the current trends and requirements. But these days we have cell phones that help the poor to stay in touch with the current trends and give them a better shot at moving with the world, and to benefit from its progress.
Living in a third world country should not hamper an individual from making the best of his abilities. Cell phones are now less expensive than they have ever been, and the United Nations have taken huge steps in this respect.
The United Nations millennium villages project provided cell phones to villages across 10 poor South African countries and then noticed that with the increase in cell phone usage the country’s GDP increased. This boom in the mobile industry has taken the world to the next level. The poor and the rich alike, are benefiting from this ingenious invention.
All we know is that we are witnessing more each day when it comes to online communications. And we might have thought once that communicating via the World Wide Web was only reserved to emails… until various web-based communication platforms, such as social media sites and online conferencing came to life.
Looking at how fast change has been for online-based communications, we could only brace ourselves for more. At least no matter what, we know that it is going to be handy and convenient.
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