As the world by itself has undergone tonnes of changes in the recent past, so has the digital world. As new technologies replace older ones, there is no end to the extent to which we are awestruck by the sheer wonder of it all. And then there are some technologies that tend to last beyond competition and changes, keeping them ever alive through the years. Here is a list of the top 10 wonders of the digital world, as we know it today.
10. Open Source
What’s the point of recoding everything from scratch when someone else has already laid the foundations and they are readily available? This was the basis of open source, which has formed the core of some of the world’s most famous digital systems. Open source provides users with a software’s code so that they can make changes and customize the code according to what they wish. Some amazing results of open source include the Android and Linux operating systems, as well as Wikipedia.
If it wasn’t for the invention of the microprocessor, we would still be using computers that are slower than something out of the Old Stone Age! All devices – from personal computers to smartphones, tablets and laptops – benefit from processors. In fact, the strident changes made to processors in the recent past have led to better capabilities and support than would have ever been thought possible.
8. The Personal Computer
The good old computer can be said to be this century’s greatest invention. Although it has come a long way compared to what it looked like and how it performed at its inception, life has certainly become much easier, thanks to this digital wonder. Today’s personal computers have become much more personal, slimmer, more secure and power packed with amazing features.
If you’re someone who hates asking for directions and being at the mercy of others, GPS is certainly a digital wonder that is perfect for you. Plan your travel across countries or navigate through city roads with the help of GPS, or track someone easily without having to go to the police.
6. Digital Photography
Smartphone cameras and digital cameras have evolved astoundingly, especially with some amazing features that they come with. Simple, low-quality photography has given way to professional photographs and videos, video calls and chats, face recognition and even apps that use the pixels of a camera to measure dimensions and distance.
5. Media File Compression
Gone are the days when sharing data was a humongous task. These days, thanks to data compression in formats such as MPEG, mp3, jpeg and mp4, data analysis is simple and sharing it with colleagues and friends is a breeze.
4. Graphical User Interface
If you’ve ever used your computer’s command prompt, you’ll understand how beneficial graphical user interface (GUI) is. Apart from the fact that life would be exceedingly boring, computers would be usable only by experts, if GUI didn’t exist.
3. Fiber Optics
From the old modems that used a dial tone to let you access the internet through your landline telephone, Internet access has come a long way. Fibre optics make your Internet experience amazingly better, and also let you watch television without the hassle of relay issues. Today’s high speed the internet and cable television are the result of fibre optic cables, through which data transfer is smart, seamless and smooth.
The Internet has perhaps surpassed most others to be one of the top wonders of the digital world. Everything in the world today is possible because of this gigantic network which has turned out to be the most significant invention that has ever found its way into the world. Apart from information at your fingertips, you also get to communicate seamlessly and the whole world is a smaller place.
1. Smart Phones
From the humble mobile phone that was originally used to just make calls and send text messages, the smartphone has certainly come a long way. Smartphones are all about globalization and the effort to include convenience with communication and all essential features that you may ever need on the go. Today’s smartphone lets you communicate with your loved ones, see them even if you’re far away, share memories and experiences, play games, enjoy your favorite music and movies – all on this small gadget.
Each of these wonders of the digital world has definitely made an impact on our lives whether we would like to agree with it or not. But the reality is that our world is strongly influenced by these technologies and we would be back to our ancient past if they weren’t in existence. In fact, it would be impossible to even read about this list of wonders if it wasn’t for strides in digital innovations!