Many of us spend a lot of our time proclaiming that technology is wonderful and that it allows us to do a variety of things we never could previously; from apps allowing us to order takeaway before we are home to ones that control your heating remotely. Whilst these are obviously wonderfully useful tools, there are still a variety of things that technology still does not assist with and perhaps never will.
Have you every found yourself in the queue at the post office, on the weekends or after work, waiting behind 10 people to collect a parcel – armed with your dreaded red “sorry we missed you” card? For the foreseeable future it does not seem that there will be another option other than to do this when we miss a delivery.
Whilst solutions like Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) enable us to work from home instead of the office, meaning that we can wait in for that important parcel, it isn’t always possible to avoid missing a delivery. So, unfortunately short of the Royal Mail investing in a fleet of drones to deliver your parcels at a time that suits you, you might just receive a few more of those red cards.
It seems that a lot of tasks people begrudge doing are still not enabled by technology. Ironing, for example, is still something that must be endured; because until robots are made available (and affordable) there is nothing to replace human involvement. However, would we want technology to take over tasks such as this? In this example it would mean entrusting the task to something we do not have complete control over, and when it involves tools that can exceed 220°c can technology be trusted to carry out tasks such as this competently?
Naturally not every job could be replicated by technology; there are limitations, although these are already being stretched on a daily basis. How far would it possible to take it, and what benefit would it brings to both the workforce and home life if the need for human operation was reduced.
Thankfully technology has greatly improved the life of many and enabled us to do a variety of things faster and more efficiently than we ever could before. Whilst not everything will be enabled by the internet or evolution of technology, we can be sure to see further exciting innovations over the coming years that will benefit ourselves and others in daily life immensely.
What would you love technology to do that it doesn’t already?