These Pieces Of Technology Are Saving Lives Every Single Day!
Technology really is amazing. That’s hardly going to be an especially shocking statement, of course, after all, there isn’t a single part of modern society that hasn’t been almost entirely dominated by technology. Whether it’s the way we shop, the way we talk to each other, the way we consume media, or the way we learn new things, technology is right there.
Of course, there are some people who disapprove of how much of a significant part technology is playing in the modern world. These people think that technology is distancing us from one another, making is harder to connect, and causing us to lose sight of the things that are most important. Putting aside for a moment that that’s a bit of an aggressively doom and gloom way of looking at things, it’s simply not true. Technology isn’t changing people in any way; it’s just giving us new ways of doing things. And even if these people had a point, which they don’t, then there’s one thing that justifies technologies the existence entirely on its own. People are using technology every single day to save thousands of lives. If that’s not the best justification for the existence of technology, then I don’t know what is! With that in mind, here are some incredible pieces of lifesaving tech that you might not know about.
Thermal imaging probably sounds like something out of science fiction to a lot of people, but it’s one of the most important technologies in the world. Simply put, thermal imagine converts heat energy into light and displays it on a screen. That’s why, if you’ve ever seen a thermal image, a stone might be dark and green whereas a person will be bright red, yellow and orange. It used to be a very expensive technology, but thanks to modern advances, cheap thermal cameras are very easy to find. Thermal imaging is used by various industries including the emergency services to find hot spots during fires or find people when they’re lost. It’s also used by medical professionals to check for signs of fever in patients. Home inspectors also use it in order to check for things like moisture. A home that seems totally safe could actually be at serious risk, something that you’d be unable to tell without something like a thermal imaging camera.
When you hear drones, you’re probably going to think of a handful of things. You might think of the military, you might think of Amazon’s new delivery service, or you might think of the thousands of Youtube videos of people accidentally crashing them. But drones have other uses as well, and one of those is to help conduct search and rescue missions. Drones are able to cross huge amounts of space in very short spaces of time no matter what the terrain is like. They can also reach places which might otherwise be very difficult for people to reach. There have been confirmed cases of people being saved thanks to drones, and that number is only likely to increase over time as they become more advanced. It’s not just human lives either, drones are being used as a method of monitoring wildlife and discouraging poachers as well.
This might be the single most important technological development in many people’s lives. Clean water is one of the few things that every single person needs. It’s an utter travesty that so many people still spend their lives without clean water. From people living in sub-Saharan Africa to the residents of Flint, Michigan, having to live without clean water is something that no one should have to suffer through. That’s why water purification is so incredibly important. Whether it’s large scale purification plants or the incredible LifeStraw which acts as an individual purifier that cleans the water as you drink it, technology is able to give millions of people a new lease on life by providing them with water that is clean and safe to drink.
So the next time someone tries to warn you about the dangers of technology, how they’re taking over our lives and how we’d all be better of without them. You can calmly and quietly take them to one side and let them know all of the amazing, innovative, life-saving pieces of technology that would no longer be around if that were to happen. Don’t be too surprised if they’re singing a slightly different tune after that.