Eight Technologies that Have Changed the World

Technologies change our world every day — they simplify work, boost up processes, save lives. And each year more and more of them appear. We have collected technologies of the past twenty years that are transforming the industry — from automotive, sports to artificial intelligenceIn 1994, two important historical events for the tech world took place: the German company Intershop presented its first system of online stores, and on the other continent, in the USA, the online pizza store Pizza Hut was launched. This has boosted online shopping and is changing the way we work with shoppers. Each year, systems, sites and user interaction reach a new level.

The retail market is being reshaped not only with virtual stores, but also with online services at offline points of sale. Special monitors and algorithms track the movements, activity and preferences of buyers, analyze them and summarize them in separate spreadsheets. This speeds up and improves service.In 1998 Wi-Fi was tested for the first time in Australia in the laboratory of radio astronomy CSIRO the technology of wireless data transmission. Since the beginning of the 2000s, it has confidently “captured” new spaces of the planet. Today Wi-Fi is available in cafes, hotels, trains, subways and even just on city streets.In 2004, Mark Zuckerberg launched Facebook, transforming the Internet into a social phenomenon. From now on, in a matter of seconds, you can tell the whole world about your journey, give feedback and find a childhood friend. Businesses have also begun to communicate differently with their audience. And with the advent of new features, brand and media sites on social networks are becoming similar to separate sites.In 2000, IBM introduced a Linux-based smartwatch prototype. This marked the beginning of a new industry — the development of fitness trackers, smartwatches and other wearable computing devices. With the help of these smart devices, you can pay in stores, measure your heart rate and monitor your physical activity. These gadgets are very popular among athletes and people who lead an active lifestyle.In 2007, two streaming sites, Hulu and Netflix, were launched in the United States within a few months. This has revolutionized the film and television production industry. With the increase in data transfer speed, it has become possible to even broadcast live video on the Internet.In 2006, Daniel Eck and Martin Laurentson created the Spotify audio streaming service. With it, you can listen to legal music, audiobooks and podcasts for free without downloading them to your smartphone. In 2019, the volume of tracks downloads has grown by thousands of times: more than 20,000 songs are posted on the service from all over the world per day.In 2009, Google introduced technology for self-driving cars. Since 2010, the company has begun testing and improving it. Therefore, cars are becoming not so much a means of transport but a computer — with their own operating system (or even several), which is responsible for safety, comfort during the trip, entertainment etc.In 2010, the American Dialectical Society recognizes “App” as the word of the year. Appearing for the first time in 2008, this word has become an inseparable attribute of all smartphones, competing with media in terms of content. Therefore, news resources and businesses took up the creation of their mobile applications in order to contact the audience in this way.