The future– defined as a period of time following the moment of speaking or writing; time regarded as still yet to come
The future to me is like a mirror on which to look at we must first reflect on our past …..
Allot of things have changed and as we inch toward the new year and a new decade, I think it’s interesting to think about where we came from and where we are leaping to in terms of technological advancements.
It’s crazy to think about the years that have passed, but it’s even crazier when you think about technology that has come and will be coming.
To start simply exactly 10 years ago here in Africa we were graced by the release of smartphones such as IDEOS HUAWEI, with specs such as
- Display 2.80-inch
- Rear Camera 3.15MP.
- RAM 256MB.
- Storage 512MB.
- Battery Capacity 1200mAh.
- OS Android 2.2.
which to me still at my teens was amazed at such an ingenious gadget, while in other parts of the world like America already advancing to tablets with the release of IPOD by Apple and the IPHONE being released three years earlier, and to think now year 2020 with phones such as HUAWEI P30 with specs such as
- Display (1080×2340)
- Rear Camera 64mp combined
- RAM 6GB
- Storage 128GB
- Battery Capacity 3650mAh
- OS Android Pie
This is just to give you a slight overview of how fast technologies are moving and how in this age of data and information one should always be up to date, of the whats and hows of tech.
Will look at a few iconic technologies that came through from the year 2010 to 2020
- The ipad, and smartphones in general – 2010
As you’ve seen earlier this technology has really taken a giant leap and with Google’s
Android being adopted by a number of hardware manufacturers to compete with Apple and their iOS.For the moment Android in winning
For the moment, Android is winning.
- Instagram and the social media craze -2010
social media has become not only a key part of the modern lifestyle, but a useful marketing channel for businesses of all sizes.Although as much they have brought the world closer in retrospect has also brought about a kind of disconnect from reality and daily human interaction to a point that it has been said to cause addictions same to those who are addicted to drugs like cocaine
1. 4G Networks Launch in the US (2010-2011)
I bet you already hearing about 5G technologies , but back then the release of 4G meant a whole lot for the world the transition from 3G saw higher broadband speeds ,faster data transfers and download speeds from internet messaging to video calls, this also meant or brought about the “the digital nomad” person who had the freedom of work to work wherever they chose so long as there’s an internet connection.
1. Uber (2011)
Uber was founded in 2009, but the app and ride-hailing service first launched in San Francisco in 2011. Uber leveraged 4G networks and the built-in GPS capabilities of smartphones totally changing the taxi industry and turning into one of the most infamous tech startup unicorns of the decade.
- Gadget age (2012-2013)
From wearables watch like phones, mini drones, selfie sticks that faded in popularity all of these came as supplementary technologies, while others like drones have come to stand out to have several use cases from videography to even search and rescue mission.Also not forgetting virtual reality headsets which promise and is bringing a whole new meaning to they way people are used to gaming by delivering nearly life like simulated experiences.
- Fields of AI,Blockchian and cryptocurrency.(2015-currently)
Last but not least,I had already talked about AI , Blockchain and Cryptocurrency in previous articles of which I highly encourage you to check them out. But just to add on another technology built on Blockchain principles is the Ethereum blockchain having an official release on 30 July 2015.
Wikipedia describes Etherium is an open source, public, blockchain-based distributed computing platform and operating system featuring smart contract functionality. It supports a modified version of Nakamoto consensus via transaction-based state transitions, in layman terms compared to the bitcoin blockchain which could only function to work on financial transactions in crypto coins such as bitcoin itself, Ethereum has layered a foundation to enable developers to program for multiple use case in blockchain from farming, transport and logistics, health and many more.
A few examples of companies here in kenya leveraging these technologies here in kenya include.
Shamba Records: Shamba Records is a blockchain-based data management platform that combines big data and artificial intelligence to collect farm records as well as to track, identify and verify farm harvest.
BitHubAfrica: is a commercial Blockchain Accelerator that is focused on driving Financial and Energy access across Africa.
BitHub Africa is building the expertise to drive the development and adoption of blockchain technologies with a focus on Africa.We are developing innovative and relevant Financial & Energy Access Solutions using Blockchain technology.
BitPesa is a blockchain startup that focuses on cross-border business-to-business payments and bitcoin exchange services. The company was founded in 2013 by Elizabeth Rossiello, with the aim of providing an alternative payment system to consumers that would surpass legacy systems and reduce the cost of money transfers. BitPesa incorporates blockchain technology to hasten payments by utilising its peer-to-peer nature for transactions and relies on bitcoin (BTC) as a transactional currency.