Ways technology is changing how we live
ONe aspect of technology that has made a huge impact on the world is the Internet. Quite a number of us have already become so used to the Internet that we almost take it for granted, despite the fact that more than 50 per cent of the world’s population is yet to get online.
Be that as it may, for a growing number of people, it is nearly impossible to go a single day without the Internet. It has simply revolutionised how we live, communicate and transact on a daily basis. Below are a few ways technology is changing how we live: per cent by Nigerians with the goal of solving examination malpractice, which is damaging our education sector. I will focus on this topic in the future because technology can help strengthen this allimportant sector. The sooner policymakers understand this, the better for the future of our nation.
I still recall that the Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board process in my days as a secondary school leaver was not palatable. I had to travel to and from JAMB offices and designated centres, either to buy or submit forms ,or even check the results in some cases. Today, the process has changed tremendously. Note that I used the word ‘changed’ instead of ‘improved’ because as the process is today, it is still a rather cumbersome one.
As a matter of fact, a number of experts have argued that JAMB as of today is making a mockery of modern technology. Whether this assertion is true or not, my opinion is that JAMB is not leveraging technology. however, a lot has changed.
Businesses today are deploying web technologies to promote their businesses, products, services and brands (including personal brands) across the world. Internet marketing has become very popular; entrepreneurs are promoting their products and services globally. The stock exchange is completely dependent on Internet technology through which investors constantly monitor prices and much more.
I love research and I conduct basic to complex research all the time. I believe this is the case for millions of other people across the world who depend on the Internet to learn about a lot of things or seek basic answers to a pressing challenge.
even survey forms that are very important for the academia and market research processes have also been digitised, making it easier to gather insights from various target groups. the most with his wife using
even when she is next to him. Now, I don’t know how healthy that could be for the relationship on the long run, but he claims they are both cool with it.
A little over 20 years ago, it was considered a luxury to have a phone line connected to your home, and only a few had that privilege. Today, Nigeria is one of the countries with the highest mobile adoption rate.
I rarely visit a banking hall. I bet there are a number of people who have not been to one to carry out transactions, except in cases where the entire channels go down. Today, banking services are being carried out seamlessly not just online, but also on social media, mobile apps as well as IM platforms. This further gives credence to the fact that the future of banking is in that device you are holding and not some fancy looking building.
Financial Technology firms are also working hard to own their space and deepening financial inclusion in ways the banks may never have done. There is also the belief that blockchain would further disrupt the industry. could account for 10 per cent of retail sales in Africa’s largest economies, “which will translate into some $75bn in annual revenue.”
In Nigeria, there has been a competitive play by two giants (Konga and Jumia) to win the heart of customers through mouth-watering discounts. e-commerce adoption may not have happened as fast as one had expected, but the reality is that online shopping is fast becoming popular.
If you live in a traffic prone city such as Lagos, then you will have no choice but to rely on some mapping services to ensure that you are not held up in the traffic jam. In most cases, the first thing I do before I step out is to check the traffic conditions on the way and if I find out that it is heavy, I re-evaluate the journey once again. I have also tried to use a mapping service in very remote areas of the country and it works.
I could go on and on sharing many ways technology has transformed how we live. Now, while I appreciate the fact that a lot is happening, my greatest joy will be to see Nigeria and Nigerians take advantage of technology, not just as consumers but also developing solutions and creating massive value.