When someone refers for today’s modern technology, surely he refers to the 21st century, Information Age and the Internet as the communication media of the new millennium. Of course this 17 year history of the Internet brought indirectly many significant advances in other Science and Technology fields. Without doubt Internet changed our lives for ever decisively and absolutely.
Today, just with a PC and an internet connection, without additional costs you can send instantly and receive instantly messages(emails) from the other corner of the world just not long before ago you have to await letter to get to recipient in about 7 days if not lost in transit and other so the reply to return to you. Now you can find almost any piece of info with a web browser and chat (eg.Skype), again freely using text, audio or even video.
Another area of technology bring change to us, is Mobile Communications. We are NOT away from the fact each individual, will posses a mobile phone for fun or for business, anywhere he is in the world, anytime. Today exists such services in the mobile world as talking, Small Message Service (SMS), Multimedia Message Service (MMS), or chatting with text, and also accessing the Internet from mobile phone using either wifi access point or 3G cellular internet, and hence you may browse or send email or use some other service of the Internet, anywhere and anytime. Coming is Mobile video calling.
Of course Mobile Communications is very closely related to the Internet, both networks belonging to Electronic Age Revolution of computers in general. This top edge of technology brings us many benefits as well as drawbacks too.
Benefits include fast and more accurate communications and business. Now for example in case of danger eg car accident away from the town, you can use your mobile to call the emergency number immediately and authorities to find automatically using cellular network services, your position on the map you call from, so help come accurately and immediately.
Internet makes us more Socialable people in all steps of life, Social Internet Networks are on rise these days. Now our time is better spent, and use efficiently. Rather use snail mail now we are using email, rather use standard telephone network call now we are using chatting via text, audio, video and file transfer. Almost now any info can get accessed via a web browser using an Internet search engine.
Chatting etc services brings fun, work and education too. Leaning online is a consequence of all these. Now universities provide part or full degrees online. This use of internet technology tools and cost is only from university fees. Also language learning can be taken with technology and resources of the Internet. All these are a click away.
As of security now when you are away, you can watch your office or home via security cameras through the internet. Also when you plan a trip domestic or international, on the Internet you can plan and book everything for it. Also, your Bank can accessed via internet banking with a web browser, so as access accounts, transfer money, order replacements etc.
On the other hand beyond these benefits, Internet Age brings and some subtle drawbacks.
Now when you are online your Internet PC without even know it can get compromised by bad guys, that can stole anything from company data to credit card numbers covering their tracks. The attacks can be done on Internet Servers as well, making services unavailable, may be in emergency sometimes. Banks are on instant danger for example, a bad guy may change account data and more.
Of course many anti-criminal tools exist like anti-virus tools, anti-malware, anti-spyware and so on, that must be considered by any Internet user.
Of course as internet makes us smarter, so does smarter the street thieves too. So we must be careful in using all of our possessions, and especially credit cards in front of cameras in all steps of life. Thieves continue to discover new ways, to draw your attention, and so on and so forth.
Finally I think new technology has brought many advantages and drawbacks. People behind the internet and technology think well before they create it, so as to advance our lives and NOT to degrade it. So in my opinion I believe, modern technology has brought more goods to us, rather than drawbacks. In case of drawbacks exist always an anti solution. Technology is going to advance, but as we proceed this is going more slowly, and it will stay good for us, in all its way.