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Ten things we have begun to do in the last ten years thanks to technology


Send WhatsApp audios, an activity that ten years ago does not exist Credit: Shutterstock

About to start the third decade of this century, we look back to see how technology has changed the way we interact with the world in our day. During the last ten years, artificial intelligence, augmented reality, the internet of things and new forms of consumption and mobility have influenced our habits and customs. These are some things we do now thanks to technology and that a decade ago were unthinkable.

1. Talk to inanimate objects

Seeing people talking alone on the street continues to attract the attention of many, but it is increasingly common to find users looking face to face on their cell phone and telling their things, recording stories for Instagram or
audios that will send by WhatsApp. Although these scenes are part of the day of thousands of people, it is something that we would not have imagined ten years ago: until October 6, 2010, Instagram does not even exist and the
stories It will take six more years to arrive.

We can understand that, although it is a new use of the smartphone, users are communicating with other people through the device. But if we go one step further, we see that the habit of speaking directly with the device has also been extended: who is Siri if not? Who answers when you ask Amazon Echo if it's hot? The inanimate object that you have in your home is who deciphers what you say thanks to the processing of natural language, data analysis and artificial intelligence, which has developed exponentially in recent years. Some people anticipate that, "soon, voice assistants will be more important than smartphones."


Some Apple AirPodsSome Apple AirPods Credit: Shutterstock

2. Save time and dislikes by unwinding the headphone cable

One of the trends that has spread during these years (although it already existed previously) and that has contributed to the fact that we see more and more people talking alone on the street is Bluetooth technology. This form of communication makes it possible to connect several devices remotely and terminate the cables. Taking this basic idea,
Apple launched the AirPods in 2016, wireless headphones that are charged via USB. This advance makes the consumption of multimedia content in mobile phones more comfortable. But everything comes back again and again: one of the main complaints of users is that the wireless headphones are very easy to lose. So, a few months ago someone had the great idea of ??proposing the definitive invention so as not to lose the AirPods: connect them to a cable that connects them and keeps them safe. That is, turn them back into a wired headset.


Electric skateboards, new means of urban transportElectric skateboards, new means of urban transport Source: LA NACION – Credit: Fernando Massobrio

3. Skateboard to work

This has been the decade of changes in mobility in cities. Now cars can be their own, shared or rented for minutes; Taxis can also be Uber or Cabify and to get to work you don't only take a bus or the subway, also a bike or an electric skateboard. Over the past two years, companies offering skateboard services have grown like mushrooms thanks to the development of the economy of platforms and mobile applications.
The skateboard has gone from being a children's game to a means of transport more with which some adults go to work.


Using the cell phone as a replacement for your wallet or plastic to pay is increasingly commonUsing the cell phone as a replacement for the wallet or the plastic to pay is increasingly common Source: LA NACION – Credit: Hernán Zenteno

4. Pay with the cell phone

If ten years ago smartphones could barely do more than one thing at a time (the main novelty of the iPhone 4, presented in 2010, was multitasking, that is, being able to listen to music while reading Twitter) the idea of ??linking them to our bank accounts and using them as credit cards didn't even fly over our heads. The digital transformation of the banking entities and the emergence of startups specialized in fintech has made it possible, during these ten years, that we can access our money through the cell phone, make transfers, use it as a credit card and even send money by WhatsApp.


TVs today are, more than ever, computers connected to the InternetTVs today are, more than ever, computers connected to the Internet Credit: Shutterstock

5. Connect to the internet through the TV (or refrigerator)

It was already a milestone that the Internet transcended from computers to mobile phones. Now, the internet of things makes it possible for us to live surrounded by connected objects: from oas televisions to the refrigerators that do your shopping, the brushes that analyze whether you brush your teeth well or smart mirrors. This connectivity of the objects has also opened some security and privacy gaps: the more things connected to the internet around you, the more chances there are of hacking you.


A robot vacuum cleanerA robot vacuum cleaner Credit: Shutterstock

6. Have a vacuum cleaner as a pet

Despite the more or less widespread fear that robots are going to take away our work, for now we are getting rid of their friends. We have started with those who help us with housework, such as vacuum robots that track the floor of our homes and suck what they find. They are programmable and work through a mobile application. Machines such as the washing machine, the dryer or the dishwasher have made our lives easier, but now technologies such as automation and machine learning give life to intelligent devices.


Fitbit, one of the companies that manufactures sports monitors with heart rate trackingFitbit, one of the companies that manufactures sports monitors with heart rate tracking Credit: Shutterstock

7. Measure your pulsations while trots

From the hand of the fashion of gyms and running has arrived a whole range of health devices aimed at the continuous monitoring of those who play sports. The pulsations, the fat burned, the stairs climbed, the steps taken. These devices can quantify different variables of physical activity and give a more accurate picture of how and how much we move that a few years ago. However, experts now wonder if users really need to have all the information their body is generating and how it affects them. In addition, health data are sensitive and have become one of the main targets of cybercriminals, who can collect and sell them.


A charging station for an electric carA charging station for an electric car Source: Archive

8. Plug in the car

The way of feeding the cars has varied over the years, but it has not been until this decade, together with the development of environmental awareness, when alternative and less polluting forms of food have been sought. Although there are several obstacles that are preventing
popularization of electric cars (such as lack of autonomy or price), more and more brands of vehicles that manufacture hybrids and electric and public institutions that give aid to extend this form of transport.