5 technologies you use today and that would’ve blown your mind just a decade ago

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As the famous Louis C.K. video goes, “œWe take everything for granted because everything is amazing today, and nobody’s happy.”Wait, what do you mean you have not seen that video? Ok, stop reading this and go watch it, it might be the best video of all time. See it here (starts at minute 2).

Anyway, back to our topic. The world of technology is moving at unprecedented speeds and we use more technology in our day to day lives than ever before. This is generally a good thing, but it is important to stop and pay attention to the amazing things we have and use, instead of complaining when our internet goes down once in a blue moon (yes, I am talking to myself here.).

Of course, there are many examples of truly astounding innovations I could have chosen, but I picked five technologies that largely either affect our lives now, or will do so in the near future. Some of them are no-brainers, others are a little out there”¦

5 Digital Photography

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Finally, one more technology we all use and love, but take completely for granted. I am not just talking about the fact that our cameras no longer have film or that we can easily share the pictures we snap in real time. I am talking about the sensors and quality of photography we can benefit from using a device as small as a credit card. Smartphones, such as the iPhone 5 or the new Galaxy S4 have 8 and 13 megapixel sensors respectively. Now we all know that megapixels are not the factor that really matters when it comes to quality but the pictures these phones take, as well as other phones like the Lumia 920 or the Pureview 808 by Nokia, are truly unbelievable if we were to compare them to what we had available in 1993 or even 2003.

4 3D Printing

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If I had to choose one item on this list that truly blows my mind time and time again, it would be 3D printing. Of course, this space is only getting started but the ability to “œprint”a wrench that then actually works, just surpasses the threshold of what my brain can process. This technology has the immediate potential to change, well, everything.

3 Augmented Reality

Yet another technology that has been around for a while and cannot yet say it has hit mainstream. Having said that, with the new trend of wearable computing, it won’t be long. Using a phone to augment your reality and see additional information on top of the world, well, that is just insanely cool. There have been many companies that have led the way in augmented reality, including Layar, and even QUALCOMM, but something tells me we are only getting started and Google Glass agrees.

2 QR Codes

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I know what you’re thinking”¦ The QR what?! No, but seriously, many have ridiculed the technology of scanning something with a phone in order to redeem some sort of marketing material, but in reality, if you step back and think about what you’re doing here, it is actually pretty astounding. In fact, anything that bridges the gap between our digital life and the real world, never ceases to amaze me. Which leads me to my next point”¦

1 Mobile Processing

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This is the most obvious one of the crowd since the mobile phone has pretty much created the largest revolution since the light bulb. The modern smartphone has significantly more processing power than any supercomputer did just a few years ago. Quad core and even eight core processing units in a device you can easily slide into your pocket. I know this is nothing new and we all have heard about how amazing mobile technology is hundreds of times, but how can one talk about world-changing technology with no mention of the smartphone, right?

What other examples of technology do you use regularly and would have amazed you just a decade ago?

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