One of the happiest moments of my life was some time around 2005 when I received a package from my mom, I was staying with my grandparents. When I opened the package after the guy it was sent through left, I found out it was a mobile phone, a Nokia 3310, I was overwhelmed with joy, I mean I was barely 10 years old and I already have a phone of my own. Against my grandparents’ instructions, I would always take the phone to school. I became very popular. “trust me no kid of my age had a phone.”Man I was in charge. I wasn’t really the one with a large circle of friends but when I became a phone owner, I was befriended by many. I was popular and highly respected especially by other kids at school and in church. On Sundays in church, children will gather around me just to take turns in playing some interesting games. One day, as young as I was, I thought of making money off those kids; “you wannna play game, no problem, you just have to be here with your money.” 10naira for ten minutes, that was it. No money, no game. Before I knew it, I started making money at a very young age because I owned a Nokia 3310 which I have not seen with anyone in recent day.
I can only imagine what it would be like to still own that model of phone in present day, a phone that attracted people to me 13 years ago would make people question my civilization in present day. I will be tagged uncivilized and called crazy. Oh, there is a word for it ‘technophobia’ fear of technological advancement. It is surprising how things could change in the technological world in such a short period of time. These days almost everyone I know own a minimum of two phones.wait, what on earth am I talking about? My kid sister is a proud owner of three smartphones. To own a mobile phone is one thing, to own a smartphone is another. If you don’t own a smartphone, you are as good as deaf; How are you supposed to know what’s up?
Technology companies like Facebook, Microsoft, Apple, Google, IBM have turned times around with their products and services. Now, almost everyone on the planet knows what Facebook is; an American online social media and social networking service with about 2.2 billion monthly active users as at January 2018. Once you have a facebook account, you are worldwide. You can reach anyone on the face of the earth. Everthing is now on your fingertip, advertising of businesses, circulation of information, online political campaigns, meeting new people, reconnecting with old friends and family members, all thanks to Facebook.
Let’s talk IBM. Not many people know about the International Business Machine but almost everyone uses their inventions, The ATM did not just come to existence on its own, it was invented so; As the PC, the floppy disk, the hard disk drive. Ever thought of a world without ATM? These days going to the bank to make ordinary cash deposit is like going to your own place of work. The long queues are fraustrating and by the time you get out, you are exhausted. The Personal Computer, what we call laptop is also an invention of IBM, a gadget that can be carried around compared to the desktop. Life is just so much easier.
Google to everyone is the mr know all. You ask someone a question, especially the question they don’t have any answer to, they tell you to ask google. Google, according to Alexa, a company that monitors commercial web traffic is the most visited website in the world, it really does know everything. Other services and products of google include offering services designed for work and productivity ( Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides ), email ( Gmail / Inbox), scheduling and time management ( Google Calendar ), cloud storage ( Google Drive ), social networking ( Google+ ), instant messaging and video chat (Google Allo /Duo /Hangouts ), language translation ( Google Translate ), mapping and turn-by-turn navigation ( Google Maps / Waze / Earth /Street View ), video sharing ( YouTube), note-taking ( Google Keep), and photo organizing and editing ( Google Photos ). The company leads the development of the Android mobile operating system, the Google Chrome web browser, and Chrome OS , a lightweight operating system based on the Chrome browser.
Apple and Microsoft both develop, manufacture, license and support and sell computer software, consumer electronics, personal computers and services. Microsoft’s Windows Office services, Skype, Visual studio, Xbox, Mobile services and Apple’s iPhone, iPad, iPod, Macintosh, Apple TV, Homepod and other products of these technological intelligence have made the world a better place.
The 21st century is said to be the age of technology, the time when things happen, sometimes I just imagine what the 22nd century would be like, too bad I might not be able to make it there. Let’s see what artificial intelligence has in store for us in the nearest future.
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